WAAA lobbies for legislation that directly supports and improves the health, safety, and education of children and adults with ASD. We then make sure the policies are actually implemented to support those in need. Specific legislation includes:
- Training and Guidelines for Teachers of Students with Autism – SSB6743 requires training and autism endorsement for all teachers working with students with autism.
- Best Practice Guidelines for Parents and Educators of Students with Autism – SB6742/HB3152 requires dissemination of IEP best practice guidelines to special education administrators throughout Washington (download a copy).
- Children’s Intensive In-home Behavior Supports Medicaid Waiver – SB5117 brings intensive in-home behavior supports to children with autism and other disabilities when families are in crisis due to challenging behaviors.
- Autism Amendments in the Federal Healthcare Reform Act of 2010 – added neurodevelopmental and behavioral therapies to basic health for children with autism and other developmental disorders. Amendments are listed in the most current version of DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).
- Since 2010, WAAA has been instrumental in implementation of Mental Health Parity, ensuring individuals with ASDs have access to evidence-based treatments for autism. When needed, we’ve been involved in lawsuits that have resulted in insurance and Medicaid reform for 12,000 children statewide.
- Banning harmful seclusion & restraints of students with disabilities in public schools – SHB1240 (2015) – limits the use of isolation and restraint only when there’s imminent likelihood of harm.
- Licensure for professional behavior analysts – SB5850 (2015) – This law makes it possible for all types of insurance to cover medically necessary Applied Behavior Analysis.