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Thank You Governor Brewer – You Heard Us Speak

This is a guest post by Shelley Hendrix, the Director of State Based Advocacy at Autism Speaks.

If you were planning to call Governor Brewer again today to ask her to veto SB 1593 – HOLD ON!  THINGS ARE DIFFERENT TODAY! WE HAVE A NEW MESSAGE BECAUSE YOU DID IT AUTISM COMMUNITY! SHE GAVE SB 1593 A BIG VETO STAMP!

We are thrilled to report that late yesterday afternoon Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona officially vetoed SB 1593, a bill which if enacted would have effectively reversed the accomplishments achieved under Steven’s Law – Arizona’s autism insurance reform.  The autism community in Arizona, and all across the country, laser focused their efforts contacting Governor Brewer – speaking with ONE loud united voice.

You can read a copy of her veto message here:

“My mother always taught me that when someone does something nice for you, you thank them. For something as important to our community as this, I hope that each and every one who participated in this campaign – whether you made a call or sent an email or whatever — will take the time now to thank her profusely.  Thank her profusely and publicly – through your favorite social media outlet – and get your friends and family to thank her, too!

So, speaking of social media outlets, we are collecting messages for her on this blog below and on our Facebook pages for Autism Votes, Autism Speaks-Arizona and Autism Speaks-National.  We want her to see, in public, how grateful we are that she listened to all of you. Please thank her by leaving a message for her below, then write a quick thank you note on one of our Facebook pages.  If you would like to send her a more personal email thanking her and telling her how much this means to you and your family, you can visit our Arizona page on the Autism Votes website and take action there.

Her veto also sends a strong message to our community.  For one thing, look what we can do when we focus our efforts. We are not weak and helpless. We can move mountains.  We can change things. But we have to be diligent and persevere.

Winston Churchill once said, “Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.

What a smart man. 

Sometimes in our community with all the battles we have to fight on a daily basis we just feel so incredibly helpless but no truer words were ever spoken.  We are, in fact, masters of our own fate. The important word to me in this statement is “we,” not “I,” “we.” 

WE are a team. WE are all in this community together. WE cannot sit here wringing our hands and whining. WE have to ACT! And when WE do, things change.

Look what changed as a result of your action everyone! Governor Brewer heard you loud and clear over the noise of our opposition. And believe me, they were giving it everything they had to get her to sign it.

The defeat of SB 1593 in Arizona is no small thing.  So thank Governor Brewer, then pat yourselves on the back for a job well done.

To get involved in the Autism Votes program, like our Autism Votes Facebook Page and visit www.autismvotes.org to sign up today!


  1. Angela
    April 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you, Governor Brewer, for listening!

  2. April 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Called 2 THANK, Posted 4 others 2 do the same on FB & Twitter! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR8 job every1!!

  3. Gail Cobb
    April 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you so much for vetoing this Bill Governor Brewer. God Bless Arizona!

  4. Shelley
    April 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you Governor Brewer for listening to our community both those who called from within Arizona and families from across the country who made calls on their behalf. This means so much to us all!

  5. Stephanie
    April 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you Governor Brewer, you are breath of fresh air, regardless of what anyone else says and that includes the federal government!

  6. Ruth Ezro
    April 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I can’t say it enough, but thank you so much!

  7. Diane
    April 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you Govenor Brewer thank you for vetoing SB 1593. So many families are extremely grateful for your consideration!!!

  8. Adriana Oman
    April 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Its about time they start to listen to us!! Autism speaks louder than words!! We need all the help we can get!!!!!!!!!

  9. Christine Bakter
    April 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you, Governor Brewer, for placing the healthcare needs of your citizens first by vetoing SB 1593.

  10. April 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you Governor Brewer for listening to the autism community.

  11. April 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you so much, Gov. Brewer!!

  12. Sharon Boyd
    April 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    “In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
    Theodore Roosevelt

    Thank you Governor Brewer, you did the RIGHT THING!

  13. Larry Bernosky
    April 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Governor Brewer – Thank you for vetoing this bill. My grandson who has ASD has a better chance for good care now.

    Larry Bernosky

  14. Wendy
    April 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you for vetoing SB 1593. You have no idea how much your consideration means to the many families that can continue recieving the necessary services for their children.

  15. Lauren Sletten
    April 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Governor Jan,

    Thank you for vetoing SB 1593 and preserving access to treatments and therapies that children with autism in the state of Arizona need. We are so grateful!!!

  16. Heather Beckham
    April 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you for vetoing SB1593 and maintaining Steven’s Law. It is vital to the lives of your constituents. With sincere thanks on behalf of Arizona’s Autism community.

  17. Polly Jarman
    April 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    THANK YOU so much for vetoing SB 1593. It is so vital that our children within the autism spectrum receive services as soon as possible. It is changing lives by getting these services and will help us all in the long run. Thank you for your support.

  18. BARB
    April 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    MY BEAUTIFUL 7 YR OLD GRANDAUGHTER AND HER FAMILY ALL THANK YOU GOVERNOR BREWER………..JOB WELL DONE AGAIN……………

  19. Montana Burr
    April 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you Gov. Brewer!

  20. HONEY D. JONES
    April 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Governor Brewer Thank you so much for the veto of SB1593. It means so much to so many….Thank You!!!

  21. Melissa Drake
    April 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Thank You Governor Brewer! I live in California and I have a 5 year old on the spectrum and I could not imagine having no services provided for my son.. You did the Autism community in Arizona a great service by Vetoing SB 1593…

  22. Nancy Bittner
    April 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Thank you Governor Brewer! We are eternally grateful for your diligence and hard work in succesfully vetoing SB 1593! This is one huge step for mankind! Hoping that you are setting the standard for all state! THANK YOU!

  23. Bonnie Gibson
    April 30, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Thank you Governor Brewer for the veto. This all about education, i believe everyone is starting to really listen, glad you were one of them, hope to find more like you.

  24. Joan Harris
    April 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you Governor Brewer! All of us who
    love and care for autistic children will
    remember this wonderful action!

  25. Dana Hock
    April 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you for vetoing SB 1593, as a mother of a 27 years old with autism I understand the importance for helping those impacted with autism. The odds when my son was born was one in 10,000, now the odds are 1 in 100…..we need all the services we can get for this crisis that is upon us.

  26. laure reynolds
    May 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Governor Brewer, I simply cannot think you enough! Not only did you listen to the citizens of Arizona but you did the “right” thing by vetoing SB1593. You have made it possible for families affected by autism and autism spectrum disorder to focus on their lives and futures without the pending doom of the loss of insurance coverage hanging over their heads. Bless you!

  27. CM
    May 4, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Kudos Gov. Brewer!! Thank you for standing with the autism community!

  28. June 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I am a researcher in the areas of autism and aspergers. It is great to see that autism spectrum awareness is supported by governors! We need more of that and more of governmental money for research to find out the genetic and molecular causes of these neurodevelopmental disorders. These are big issues in children and adults since rate of these conditions is constantly increases.
    Thanks.

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