Autistic People Need Representation on CA Healthcare Task Force
  • Petitioned Brent A. Barnhart

This petition was delivered to:

Director, California Department of Managed Healthcare
Brent A. Barnhart
California Department of Managed Healthcare
Autism Advisory Task Force
Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Managed Healthcare
Shelley Rouillard
Deputy Director, Plan and Provider Relations, California Department of Managed Health Care
Maureen McKennan
Deputy Director, General Counsel
Holly Pearson
California Governor
California State Senate
California State House

Autistic People Need Representation on CA Healthcare Task Force

    1. Petition by

      The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

The California Department of Managed Healthcare has announced the composition of its Autism Task Force.  As it currently stands, no autistic people are represented on the 18-person panel which will make key decisions affecting autistic people's healthcare. Moreover, the panel does include an anti-vaccine activist, a person who has made numerous statements dehumanizing autistic people, and two representatives from an organization which has consistently excluded autistic people from its leadership. Autistic people deserve to have a voice in manners that affect us directly, and the panel as currently composed completely fails to give us adequate representation.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Craig Browning OAKLAND, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I personally live with Asperger's and other disabilities.

    • Karen Acedo DOWNEY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I strongly believe people impacted by decisions need to be included in the decision-making process.

    • Kimberly Grahn UPLAND, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am the mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum.

    • Jared Davis REXBURG, ID
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a Mechanical Engineer with Autism and ADD and how dare you exclude people like me from the Autism Task Force! Do you honestly think that we are any less capable then you to determine OUR future? We know what the issues are and are just as capable (or in MOST cases) MUCH more capable then you!

    • maxine Ward MIDDLETOWN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      our contry was started because England was making rules for and about us. We said, "No Taxation without representation!". When many Autistic people are so very capable of speaking up for themselves and others on the spectrum... why would any group, organization or government not encourage them to do so, welcoming their insight and expertise with open arms. "Nothing about us without us", so appropriate.


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