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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Panel #238
Beyond Behavior Analysis: Systemic Issues Impacting the Delivery of Community Services for Adults With Autism
Sunday, May 25, 2014
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
W183c (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Gloria M. Satriale (Preparing Adolescents and Adults for Life (PAAL)  )
PETER F. GERHARDT (JPG Autism Consulting, LLC)
GLORIA M. SATRIALE (Preparing Adolescents and Adults for Life (PAAL))

According to the U.S, Department of Health and Human Services, by 2023, 380,000 individuals with autism will exit the educational system and enter the adult services system. Notwithstanding educational supports ranging in cost from $45,000 $100,000, less than 50% of individuals with autism have EVER held a job post graduation. Recent statistics on other quality of life measures: Independent living 85% of individuals with autism still live at home with their parents; 78% of individuals with autism and their families were not aware of resources. Although the field of behavior analysis has been very successful in developing effective and functional treatment and intervention principles and protocols, there exist administrative, bureaucratic and political issues that potentially negatively impact the continued successful delivery of behavior analytic services under adult service systems. Examples include regulatory policies, funding constraints, and cultural sensitivities. These global issues require attention and solution by professionals in our field if adult services are to develop and sustain the influx of individuals into the adult support system. This panel discussion will address some of the national issues currently challenging significant movement and improvement of post-education supports and offers suggestions for behavior analysts navigating un and under funded adult service systems.

Keyword(s): adults, autism, community supports



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