Three plaintiffs in Miami, FL, who had children with autism, challenged a ruling by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) that applied behavior analysis (ABA) was experimental and AHCA refused to fund behavioral treatment. The case was taken by a team of attorneys for Florida Legal Services, and the presenter was contacted to serve as an expert witness and testified in this federal case. The witness critiqued the state’s method of reviewing the plaintiffs’ request for treatment, and AHCA’s documents and presented the case for ABA as a proven, evidence-based method of treatment. The presenter will describe the evidence that was used against ABA and the scientific data that was presented to the federal judge in rebuttal. The blow-by-blow account of the case will be presented in detail including a description of the misrepresentations of our field and the role that the journal peer-review process and meta analysis played in the final judgment in the case.
Review Jon Bailey’s biographical statement.