Issue # 3 - February 2009
APBA Forms Autism Spectrum Disorders Task Force
by Gina Green, APBA Executive Director
To help us address the many needs of our constituents who are concerned about services for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), APBA has established an ASD Task Force. For the initial membership of the Task Force, we recruited people with distinguished track records in designing and providing intervention programs, training practitioners and parents, conducting applied research, working with professional and consumer organizations, advocating for scientifically validated interventions, and working with policymakers. Collectively, Task Force members have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they will bring to bear on such burning issues as professional credentialing, funding for ABA services, and public policies affecting practitioners and consumers.
APBA has been working for some time to collect and create resources for those who are developing laws and regulations affecting ABA services for people with ASD. So far we have provided materials and consultation to individuals or groups in eight states. One of the principal functions of the ASD Task Force will be to help APBA build its capacity to meet the demands for assistance in this arena.
Members of the Task Force and some of their pertinent current affiliations are:
William Ahearn, Ph.D., BCBA
James E. Carr, Ph.D., BCBA
Jane S. Howard, Ph.D., BCBA
Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D., BCBA
Tristram Smith, Ph.D.
Gina Green, PhD, BCBA