Washington | Autism Politics, News & History

The State of Washington became the 38th state to enact autism insurance reform through litigation. Announced November 15, 2014.

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. 


Washington Legislation History

Washington Becomes State #38 To Require Autism Benefits (Nov. 15, 2014) 

Historic Settlement On Autism Benefits Reached In Washington State (Oct. 17, 2014)

Boeing Hit With Class Action Suit Over ABA Denials | April 18, 2014 

Washington State Kids Win Again In Federal Court (Jan. 27, 2014)

Washington St. Employees Agree to $3.5 Million ABA Settlement (July 10, 2013)

Seattle Times: Insurers Should Cover Autism Therapies (Aug. 28, 2012)

Another Victory for ABA Coverage in Washington State (July 16, 2012)

Autism Speaks Commends Sen. Menendez for Insisting Autism Therapies Get Covered Under New Federal Health Care Law (Feb. 21, 2012)



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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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