NYSABA Winter 2014 Newsletter - 25th
The New York State Association for Behavior
Analysis (NYSABA) would like to express our deepest sympathy to the
family of Avonte Oquendo, a child with autism who died after wandering
from his school.
Interactive Autism Network reported that children with Autism were 8
times more likely to engage in wandering than their siblings without
Autism, documenting the need for the development of additional
evidence-based interventions. NYSABA is fully committed to helping both
parents and professionals to develop better strategies to address this
commonly-displayed, challenging behavior.
information on wandering and tips for safety and reducing this behavior
can be found on the WebPages of the Association for Science in Autism
and the Interactive Autism Network at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (http://www.kennedykrieger.org/overview/news/nearly-half-children-autism-wander-or-“bolt”-safe-places).
Questions related to NYSABA’s efforts to build better capacity within NY
State for supporting persons with Autism can be sent to: NYSABA (email@example.com).
GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION CREATING
STATE LICENSE FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS MAKING NY THE 13th STATE
TO RECOGNIZE THIS PROFESSION!
Licensure Law for Behavior
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“We are grateful to Governor Cuomo for his commitment to support
individuals and families in NY who are in need of behavior analytic
services. By signing this bill into law, Governor Cuomo is following
through on the efforts of Assemblyman Morelle and Former Senator
Fuschillo who introduced this bill early in the 2013 Session,” said
Kimberly Shamoun, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NYSABA’s public policy chairperson.
Dr. Shamoun further explained that “Governor Cuomo’s signature on this
legislation ensures that New Yorkers can receive necessary services
provided by licensed behavior analysts and certified assistant behavior
analysts, allowing people with specialized training and national
certification in behavior analysis to be the providers of services that
are so greatly needed. By recognizing and licensing the field of
behavior analysis, the Governor is also ensuring proper oversight by the
NY State Education Department to allow only qualified professionals to
provide these important services to consumers.”
With the Governor’s signature on this bill, those professionals that
already have a national certification from the Behavior Analyst
Certification Board (BACB) may now apply for immediate licensure with
the Department. “NYSABA would like to thank Assembly leader Joe Morelle
and former Senator Charles Fuschillo for their foresight, dedication,
and perseverance toward getting this legislation written and passed in
order for individuals and families in our state to receive the services
they so desperately need,” said Deborah Napolitano, Ph.D., BCBA-D,
President of NYSABA. “We also are tremendously grateful to our partner
in this extraordinary effort, Autism Speaks, led by Judith Ursitti,
Director of Autism Speaks State Government Affairs. Autism Speaks has
been tireless in their commitment to ensuring access to services for
individuals with autism in our state, including full enactment of the
autism insurance mandate. Without Joe Morelle, Charles Fuschillo, and
Autism Speaks we would not be celebrating today,” Dr. Napolitano
You can visit
to read a press release by the Governor’s office.
NYSABA is grateful to all of you who worked hard to make sure this bill
was signed into law!
Mary Hadley, of Hillside Family of Agencies,
Debbi Napolitano, President of NYSABA, Heather Walker, Board Member of
NYSABA, Julie Buick, of The Advocacy Center, and Ann Cole of AutismUp
an award to Assemblyman Joe Morelle for his
tireless legislative work on behalf of children and families living with
autism as well as behavior analysts.
SIBS Club is designed to
enhance relationships and interactions
between children with autism
and their siblings. Through skills
instruction for the children
with autism, sibling group activities, and
activities, children learn critical skills to develop
relationships that will last a lifetime.
Find out more
Annual Conference of the
New York State Association
Analysis was a huge success!
Thanks to our Keynote
Piazza, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Wayne W.
Fisher, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Thank you to our sponsors:
Resources * Elija Foundation
Spectrum Autism Treatment Centers * All About
Institute for Behavioral Training/CARD *
Hillside Family of Agencies
Eden II Programs
CodeMetro, Inc. *
Behavior Development Solutions * Kelberman
Center, Inc. * Access 7 Services, Inc. *
Foundations Behavioral Health * Anderson Center
for Autism * Ensure Billing *
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