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).

Program by Professional Development Series Events: Monday, May 31, 2021


Panel #462
PDS: How to Approach Social and Systemic Change
Monday, May 31, 2021
4:00 PM–4:50 PM EDT
Area: CSS/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Edward Brandon Amezquita (University of North Texas)
TRACI M. CIHON (University of North Texas)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno)
JOMELLA WATSON-THOMPSON (University of Kansas)

Behavior Analysis has enjoyed a long tradition of successful demonstrations of individual behavior change as evidenced by the now 50+ year history of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the number of new publication outlets for applied research, and the demand for services (particularly for individuals with autism spectrum disorder). However, the individuals we support are also a part of a culture or social environment (e.g., families, schools, organizations, communities). Social environments serve as the networks of contingencies that maintain much of our individual behavior. Culturo-behavior science adds to our understanding of individual behavior change, explores the contingencies that arise when one or more individuals are engaging in behaviors dependent upon one another (e.g., interlocking behavioral contingencies or socio-interlocked behaviors), and seeks to understand how to bring about social and systemic change. The goal of this Professional Development Series Panel is to introduce attendees to the types of research and the range of applications - organizational, social, and community systems - representative of culturo-behavior science.

Panel #473
Diversity submission PDS: Identifying and Combating Ableism in Applied Practice
Monday, May 31, 2021
5:00 PM–5:50 PM EDT
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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