NYSABA Winter 2014 Newsletter - 25th
Sponsored in part by:
Summit Educational Resources The Elija Foundation
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).
March 6, 2014
Members and fellow BCBAs and BCABAs in New York:
amendment for S6395 passed the Senate on Thursday, 3/6/13! A brief
summary of the modifications included in the chapter amendment are as
Licensed behavior analysts and certified behavior analyst assistants are
added to the list of mandated reporters in Social Services Law.
Clarifies that services unrelated to an ABA plan can be provided without
a license or certification. This section also specifies that duties of
an early intervention Aide may be conducted under supervision of a
qualified supervisor, provided that the activities do not require
professional skill or judgment.
Section 3: Adds
the Office of Children and Family Services to the list of agencies with
a time-limited exemption from this licensure requirement. It also
increases the time limit for the exemption from July 1, 2018 to July 1,
Now that the
chapter amendment has passed the Senate (unanimously, with no debate!),
SED can start working on the character and fitness form, which is needed
for BCBAs and BCABA’s to apply for state licensure and certification,
respectively. This is great news and we hope to have great news
regarding the process for immediate licensure shortly.
Keep checking back
for important updates!
Chair of the
Public Policy Committee
GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION CREATING
STATE LICENSE FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS MAKING NY THE 14th STATE
TO RECOGNIZE THIS PROFESSION!
Licensure Law for Behavior
Questions and Answers
Additional Questions? E-Mail us at
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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