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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Panel #473
Diversity submission PDS: Identifying and Combating Ableism in Applied Practice
Monday, May 31, 2021
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Rachel Commodario (Rollins College)
DANA M. AFFRUNTI (Southern Illinois University)
KATELYN ELIZABETH KENDRICK (Innovations Developmental Solutions)

Ableism is a system of discrimination that is perpetuated by society in both overt and covert ways. As behavior analysts, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves on how to recognize ableism and make the necessary changes in our behavior to facilitate a more inclusive environment. A discussion and understanding of ableist systems and practices aligns with our ethical code to provide least restrictive practices and to promote an ethical practice. The inclusion of perspectives from those who are affected by ableism is critical to informing a comprehensive ethical culture. This panel will consist of an overview of common features of ableism along with behavioral changes practitioners on all certification levels can implement while maintaining a strong commitment to empirically supported interventions. Through an open conversation on how ableism affects client autonomy and assent, attendees will gain insight on how to recognize, name, and counter common forms of ableism through the perspectives of neurodiverse professionals.

Keyword(s): ableism, neurodiversity



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