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.


46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Panel #113
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Challenges and Solutions in Delivering ABA Services to Underserved Communities Across Various Cultural and Socioeconomic Backgrounds
Saturday, May 23, 2020
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Fumi Horner, Ph.D.
Chair: Oswaldo Ochoa (Bloom Behavioral Health)
FUMI HORNER (Behavioral Perspective, Inc.)
MAGGI CARDENAS (Behavioral Perspective, Inc.)
MARI URAMOTO (Children Center Inc.)

Estimated 75,000 board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) are needed in order to support the growing need for behavior analytic services in the United States (Hartley et. al., 2016) with only 32,000 current BCBAs (Behavior Analysis Certification Board, 2018). The United States employment demand for Behavior Analysts from 2010 to 2019 found that increases were observed for each state from 2010 (BACB, 2019). Furthermore, there are many other countries, such as Japan, where there are simply not enough behavioral service providers to serve people with developmental disabilities. With such rapid increases in the demand for ABA services within US and possibly even more in other countries, how can the field of Behavior Analysis and organizations work together to provide the services for people with varying socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds? How can we modify our traditional service delivery to better-accommodate to their various needs or level of resources? The panelists will discuss how behavior analytic services in the above-mentioned areas can be implemented and their experience on delivering services across socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Target Audience:

Business owners, managerial level BCBAs

Learning Objectives: Learn some strategies on how to individualize ABA service delivery to families with various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Learn an application and some limitations of adapting English-written language curriculum using Discrete Trial Instruction in Japanese. Learn ethical considerations and cultural competency when providing services in foreign countries with limited funding for ABA services.



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