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ABA Conference Presentations

Members of the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) Legislative Committee will present an update on applied behavior analysis (ABA) services on Oahu. The team will review state law ("Luke's Law"), allowing an opportunity for discussion at the end. Come hear HABA Representatives share suggestions for accessing ABA services through ones health plan and differences in health plans, as well as updates for Medicaid ABA recipients, and tips for partnering with ABA providers. In addition, presenters will share updates on how Hawaii's ABA Licensure Law intersects with "Luke's Law" services.

This training provides a review of federal and (Hawai'i specific) state laws that pertain to Functional behavior assessments (FBA) and behavior support plans (BSP).

1. List of acronyms and terms | What is ABA?
2. Essential components of applied behavior analysis (ABA) programming
3. Review of behavioral functions (S.E.A.T)
4. Overview of a functional behavior assessment (FBA)
5. Behavior intervention plans (BIP)
6. Data collection
7. Who are Team members (I.D.E.A)
8. Law: Who can conduct an FBA?
9. Review of federal law: I.D.E.A
10 .Review of Hawai’i ABA licensure law
11. What’s happening in other states: Case law review
12. Concerns with current local DOE practices
13. Who should pay for services?
14. Suggestions for supporting families
15. When and how to report ethical and legal violations 

Changes in public policy at both a state and federal level in the United States have continued to impact the practice of behavior analysis in recent years. These developments have made it more important than ever for behavior analysts and those impacted by these policies to participate in public policy efforts. Our panelists will discuss the basics of public policy from a behavior analytic perspective, review public policy implications of emerging research, and provide useful strategies to increase the effectiveness of grassroots advocacy efforts. The panelists will share their experiences in both supporting and opposing various public policy initiatives including autism insurance reform, defining essential health benefits, licensure and regulation of the practice of behavior analysis, telehealth, and more. Finally, we will conclude the panel with a discussion of how behavior analysts can use this information on public policy and grassroots efforts to increase participation in public policy related to other social issues.


The goal of the annual Southwest Conference on Disability is to explore what we have in common, not what divides us. The conference is attended by a wide range of individuals including researchers in academic and government agencies; service providers; family members; disability advocates and staff of federal, state and local government agencies. Many attendees are people with physical, mental health, sensory and cognitive disabilities. 

This talk in particular offers an illustration of how board members from the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) used the principles of behavior analysis to effectively advocate and achieve successful licensure of behavior analysis and state-wide autism insurance reform.