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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #148
CE Offered: BACB
A Conversation About Disability Rights, Human Rights, and the Professional Practice of Applied Behaviour Analysis
Sunday, May 28, 2023
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 1A/B
Area: DDA/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: HOLLY GOVER, Ph.D.
Chair: Holly Gover (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)
ERIN S. LEIF (Monash University)
BRIAN FRANKLIN MIDDLETON (Mindful Behavior LLC & The Lighthouse for Equitable Access in Practice for ABA)
ADITHYAN RAJARAMAN (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)

In 2006, the United Nations adopted the The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Developed in collaboration with people with disabilities, the purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities. However, people with disability still struggle to access appropriate communication, education, healthcare, recreation, and employment. Although behaviour analysts often work directly with people with disabilities and their families, few descriptions of a human rights-based approach to the provision of applied behaviour analysis services have been published. This panel provides an opportunity for behaviour analysts, some of whom have lived experience of disability, to engage in a meaningful conversation about the CRPD and human rights model of disability, why the CRPD is important to all behaviour analysts who provide services to people with disability and describe practical ways that BCBAs can align their professional practice with a human rights-based model of disability.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the panel, participants will be able to: 1) Summarize the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2) Describe the ways in which on-going behavior analytic practices have been misaligned with a human-rights based approach to service delivery 3) Describe practical ways that BCBAs can align their professional practice with a human rights-based model of disability
Keyword(s): Assent, Choice, Human rights, Professional ethics



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