Tips for a Meaningful Impact on the State Legislative Process

Laura will provide parents with a basic overview of the state legislative process and tips for parent advocates on how they can have a meaningful impact on the state legislative process. She will be discussing the recent Illinois law, Illinois Public Act 99-0788, the Autism and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions Awareness Act, and how this Act may serve as a legislative basis in encouraging a more comprehensive and accurate standard of medical care for autism.


Laura Cellini

Laura Cellini has been an autism policy advocate lobbying Illinois government for nearly two decades. She worked for a State Senate majority leader, a highly respected lobbying firm, was a graduate assistant for the Illinois Campaign Finance Project, and has served on Illinois government and nonprofit organization advisory committees.  She has been closely involved in the creation and passage of numerous laws in Illinois for children with autism and related health issues, including the creation of the first statewide autism project. She chaired the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver subcommittee of the Illinois Autism Task Force, and was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Illinois Autism Insurance Mandate.