Dear Autism Parents and supporters:

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 946, the Autism Insurance Mandate Bill, authored by Senator Steinberg, into law. 🙂

The new law becomes effective July 1, 2012.  See link below for a copy of the signing bill.

http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_946_Signing_Message.pdf

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO SEND A LETTER OF THANKS TO BOTH THE GOVERNOR, SENATOR STEINBERG AND OUR VERY OWN 35th ASSEMBLYMEMBER DAS WILLIAMS, WHO STOOD BEFORE THE ASSEMBLY FLOOR AND SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL.

The Governor can be reached at:

www.gov.ca.gov

Sen. Steinberg can be reached at:

http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/

Assemblymember Das Williams can be reached at:

http://asmdc.org/members/a35/

A special thanks goes out to the Alliance of California Autism Organizations (ACAO) who had the vision and the drive to find and work collaboratively with an author for this bill (Senator Steinberg) and to fight day in and day out to bring us to this incredible day.  A special note of appreciation goes to Kristin Jacobson and Rick Rollens for their endless hours of dedication in bringing our dream to fruition.

Thanks to the thousands of family members and individuals who took the time to call, email and fax the Governor, asking him to sign the bill.  It is because of your support and the love of our children that we have reason to celebrate today.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Marcia Eichelberger

President Autism Society of Santa Barbara

President Autism Society California
ACAO Coordinator