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Reducing the Schism through the Prism of Anti-Ableism
September 29, 2021
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Cost for CEU event is $10
About this CEU: While the science of behavior analysis is eclectic, currently the industry of applied behavior analysis (ABA) predominantly serves the Disabled community (BACB, n.d.). As such, behavior analysts have both an opportunity and a duty to be both service providers for, and partners with, the Disabled community. ABA researchers and clinicians have published a plethora of research and articles about disability and autism treatment, but not necessarily about what it is like to be disabled and autistic, or how to partner with those communities. Our field operates within a greater society that is structured under a very ableist lens. In other words, it is a society discriminative against people with disabilities of any kind (Oxford, n.d.). Given our prevalence and commitment to the Disabled community, we have a duty to confront these societal norms and strive to become anti-ableist. While one of the first usages of the word ‘ableism’ did not show up until 1986 (Oxford, n.d.) and the Americans with Disabilities Act was not enacted until 1990 (ADA, n.d.), that is still over 30 years that this word and concept has been in our community. Society is slowly coming to understand what it means to be anti-ableist, and this concept is starting to permeate the zeitgeist of ABA. Our field has a momentous opportunity to make an impact on our community. We can elevate to a model that shows what it is to be anti-ableist. Clinicians have dedicated their lives to helping and serving the Disabled community. Let us ensure they do so in an empowering way, instead of a well-intentioned, yet ableist way. May we show by example how to take responsibility when we do wrong, and how to choose a new course of action that is in support of the community which we serve. This presentation dives into what ableism is at a deeper level, the concerns around ableism, the benefits to being anti-ableist, and how we can incorporate anti-ableist practices into our field of ABA more specifically.
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ada.gov. ADA.gov homepage. (n.d.). https://www.ada.gov/.
Behavior Analyst Certification Board. (n.d). BACB certificant data. Retrieved from https://www.bacb.com/BACB-certificant-data.
Morton, B. (2011, August 30). Falser words were never spoken. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/opinion/falser-words-were-never-spoken.html.
About Dr. Milyko:
Dr. Kerri Milyko joined CentralReach as the Director of Clinical Programming as of October, 2019. In this role, she and her team create a fully-digital, integrated, evidence-based curriculum to service the needs of neurodiverse learners, CR Elements. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Research and Development of The Learning Consultants, and Director of Development and Outreach of Agile Learning Solutions (formerly known as Precision Teaching Learning Center). Dr. Kerri is also adjunct faculty at the University of West Florida where she created and teaches their VCS, master’s-level Instructional Design class.
Her primary behavior analytic focus is in measurement, instructional design, precision teaching, direct instruction, percentile schedules of reinforcement, compassionate-focused applied behavior analysis, behavioral education, and bettering products for clinicians.
Finally, Dr. Kerri volunteers on various boards. In 2019, she was elected to serve 3 years on the Board of Directors for the Standard Celeration Society where she currently resides as the Chairperson. In the same year, she was appointed by the governor of Nevada to serve on the first-ever Board of Applied Behavior Analysts to create ABA practice regulations for the state for licensure where she served as President for 2019. Recently, in August of 2021, she was elected as a Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
Personally, Kerri values quality time with her three children, her husband, and dear friends. She loves wine and butter, true crime podcasts, and a good sci-fi novel while tinkering in her backyard.