South Dakota | Autism Politics, News & History


South Dakota | Autism Politics, Divergent news & History

South Dakota enacted autism insurance reform on March 19, 2015.

The reform forced insurance providers to cover Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). ABA is known as Autistic Conversion Therapy in the Autistic Community. 

The Autism Votes initiative was powered by Autism Speaks and other non-Autistic parent-founded autism organizations.

The ’autism community’ referenced in articles here is a different community than the Autistic community. The ’autism community’ prevented Autistics from participating in legislation, Autistic healthcare initiatives and more in a meaningful manner. Instead, Autistics are used as a prop or token in these initiatives. 

Autism Insurance Reform that included ABA was being protested by Autistics as it was being hailed by non-Autistics in the ’autism community.’ These non-Autistic parent-founded organizations and people didn’t listen to Autistics then, and they aren’t listening now.  

When this legislation was implemented, Autistics were silenced in the national conversation, and our civil, human and disabled rights circumvented or denied. 

Today, in every state, Autistics and our real allies are working hard to introduce legislation to get ABA banned.

We will be heard. 

South Dakota Legislative New

South Dakota Governor Signs Autism Insurance Bill (March 19, 2015)

South Dakota Adds Consultant To Autism Study (July 14, 2014)

South Dakota House Votes 57-12 For Autism Insurance Reform (February 24, 2014)

Insurance Bill Heads To House Floor In South Dakota (February 20, 2014)

Insurance Reform Gets Fast Start in South Dakota (February 14, 2014)

Autism Speaks Endorses South Dakota Insurance Reform Bill (February 10, 2014)


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The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”

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