Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #542
CE Offered: BACB
Expanding Beyond Autism: Developing Solutions Through Entrepreneurship and Design
Monday, May 27, 2019
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Fairmont, B2, Imperial Ballroom
Area: CSS/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Ryan O'Donnell, M.S.
Chair: Ryan O'Donnell (RYANO, LLC)
ANESA DOYLE (8 the Plate)
ERIN LUSBY-DONOVAN (Arrow Health and Wellness)
ADRIENNE FITZER (The Applied Behavior Analysis Center, Inc. (ABAC))

Entrepreneurs are those who create, develop, and improve. The entrepreneur may create an industry or jobs, improve upon current services or develop a product or service that serves a purpose or solves a problem. [Professional] entrepreneurs, like nurse entrepreneurs, pharmacist entrepreneurs or behavior analyst entrepreneurs are those that combine those characteristics with their specialization (Wilson, Whitaker, & Whitford, 2012). Common documented barriers to becoming an entrepreneur, regardless of one's profession, include cultural, ethical, legal, and financial constraints but also include the inability to spot opportunities. During this panel, 4 entrepreneurs will talk about "spotting an opportunity" outside of autism treatment, the development of their ideas, how they utilized their skills as trained behavior analysts in the development of the company, the barriers to implementation they face(d) and resources and supports that have allowed them to be successful. Conversation with the audience will include sharing other opportunities where behavior analyst entrepreneurs may provide a positive impact and discuss the importance of collaborating with other to make large-scale changes toward the greater good.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts looking to expand their expertise and service delivery into areas outside of autism treatment and EIBI work.

Learning Objectives: Identify 4 areas for expanding outside of autism treatment. Identify 3 models for approaching a new market for service delivery. Identify 3 additional professionals or skill sets required to successfully enter novel industries.
Keyword(s): Design, Entrepreneur, Fitness, Scalable



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