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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Panel #26
CE Offered: BACB
Establishing Sustainable ABA Services Abroad
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Studio F, Niveau 2
Area: CSS/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Daniel Gould, Ph.D.
Chair: Daniel Gould (New England Center for Children - Abu Dhabi)
VINCENT STRULLY (New England Center for Children)
PAMELA OLSEN (The New England Center for Children - Abu Dhabi)
JOSHUA K. PRITCHARD (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: The increasing dissemination of Behavior Analysis services around the world, particularly in the area of autism intervention, presents unique opportunities and challenges for program developers and practitioners alike. As more and more governments recognize the need for effective autism treatment and commit resources to intervention based on applied behavior analysis, opportunities are created. Successful programs operating abroad have goals in common with programs operating in North America, but they also must address some unique challenges. First, they must provide effective, evidence-based treatment that meets local needs. Consideration of the local cultural context and cultural influences on the recognition, acceptable interventions, and expected outcomes of disabilities services will help mitigate program-related risks associated with operation abroad. Second, program operation must be financially viable and sustainable. An understanding of the local stakeholders (e.g., government, philanthropic) commitment to program funding and operation over an extended time is critical. Third, a successful program will plan for sustainability through knowledge transfer, that is, through the development of local expertise among practitioners and program managers through formal and informal professional development. Panelists will discuss these three key topics and answer questions about the development and delivery of services abroad.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): program development, service-delivery, sustainability



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