Wisconsin | Autism Politics, News & History

Wisconsin | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Wisconsin enacted autism insurance reform on October 19, 2009.

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. 


Wisconsin Legislative History

News Release From the Office Wisconsin’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance: Governor Doyle Announces Implementation of Autism Coverage (October 19, 2009)

Autism Speaks Applauds Wisconsin Legislature And Governor Jim Doyle For Enacting Autism Insurance Reform Through The Budget Bill (June 30 , 2009)

Autism Speaks Endorses Wisconsin Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (February 19, 2009)


FAQs on the Wisconsin Autism Insurance Reform Law


Autism Politics

Wisconsin enacted autism insurance reform on October 19, 2009.


Legislation: SB 3, 75- ASA1, SSA1, Act 28,

People: Jim Doyle, Judy RobsonKim HixsonSonja BingenAmy MasekNissan Bar-Lev, Judy Robson, Sean Dilweg,

Also: Wisconsin Autism Insurance Now


Bill History

October 19, 2009: Gov. Doyle announces emergency rule implementing the new autism insurance reform law on November 1.

June 29, 2009: Governor Jim Doyle signs the budget bill containing autism insurance reform into law. (See sec. 3197 w. on page 596 of Act 28) 

June 25, 2009: State Senate and House reach an agreement on a budget that includes autism insurance reform! The budget bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature into law.

June 17, 2009: State Senate passes autism insurance reform as part of the 2009 Budget Bill SSA1

June 11, 2009: State Assembly passes autism insurance reform as part of the 2009 Budget Bill ASA1

May 28, 2009: Autism insurance reform is added to the 2009 Budget Bill (AB 75- ASA1/SSA1) 

February 18, 2009: SB 3 is referred to the Joint Committee on Finance 

February 10, 2009: The Senate Committee on Public Health, Senior Issues, Long-Term Care, and Job Creation passes SB 3 in vote of 5-0

February 9, 2009: The Senate Committee on Public Health, Senior Issues, Long-Term Care, and Job Creation holds a hearing on SB 3. 

February 6, 2009: SB 3 amended

January 13, 2009: SB 3 is withdrawn from Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue and rereferred to Committee on Public Health, Senior Issues, Long-Term Care, and Job Creation

January 8, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 3, introduced in the state Senate. The bill is referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue.


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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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