ONTARIO ASSOCIATION FOR BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS ENCOURAGED BY PROPOSED AUTISM PROGRAM CHANGES
TORONTO, June 29 2016 - The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) is pleased to see that the Ministry of Children and Youth Services is taking steps to ensure that children and families access the behaviour analytic services they need. After many months of advocating for changes, the organization is encouraged that the proposed developments are a move in the right direction.

"We would like to commend the Minister for his quick attention to this urgent matter," said ONTABA President, Louis Busch. "We look forward to continued work with the government to develop the program and to promote the effective and ethical delivery of behaviour analytic services in all programs that support children, youth, and families. There is much work to do, and the details of this program still need to be examined closely to ensure they are aligned with the best that the science of behaviour has to offer for children and youth of all ages. It is vital that behaviour analysts are involved in the design and implementation of clinical practice guidelines, transition guidelines, service delivery criteria, and treatment protocols coming from the government. I believe that the Minister is committed to this."

Over the last several months, ONTABA's Board of Directors has been working to advocate for effective and ethical behaviour analytic services across the province. During the last several weeks, ONTABA's representatives have had many meetings and discussions with parents, practitioners, the Premier's Office, Minister Michael Coteau, the Minister's Chief of Staff, and Senior Policy Advisors.

On Friday June 24th 2016, ONTABA representatives were invited to meet with the Minister's Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to review and provide feedback on the proposed revisions to the Ontario Autism Program. Based on what had been presented, the organization was encouraged by the program's direction.

"Over and above the announcement today, the government has also signaled they wish to move forward on regulation of behaviour analysts and to include behaviour analysts as a vital member of its advisory bodies and expert committees," continued Busch. "We are excited about the prospect of having a regulatory program in place to protect the public and to ensure families have access to high quality behaviour analytic services. Without the appropriate quality control measures in place, families and children could be put into dangerous situations. We look forward to helping to protect service recipients and to protecting the science".

ONTABA is committed to collaborating with the government to promote the effective, equitable, ethical, and evidence-based provision of behaviour analytic services in all programs supported by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and other key ministries.

ONTABA is the largest not-for-profit professional association for behaviour analysts in Canada. ONTABA's mission is to demonstrate leadership, knowledge, and innovation in education, training, and research for the ethical and effective application of behaviour analysis. For more information email us at contact@ontaba.org
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ONTABA, the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis, is an Affiliate Chapter of the Association for Behaviour Analysis International. ONTABA currently has members from professions such as education, nursing, health care and psychology.

Our Vision:
Fostering a culture of excellence, integrity, and expertise for the advancement and promotion of the science of behaviour analysis.

Our Mission:
To demonstrate leadership, knowledge, and innovation in education, training, and research for the ethical and effective application of behaviour analysis.

ONTABA's Response to MCYS ANNOUNCEMENT

On March 29 2016 the Ministry of Children and Youth Services made an announcement regarding the new Ontario Autism Program.
Find ONTABA's official response here.

Call for Satellite Conference Funding Proposals


Submissions for Satellite Conference Funding are now being accepted. The Satellite Conference Committee is responsible for the development and coordination of co-sponsored conferences with community-based agencies and educational institutions in the field of Behaviour Analysis. Download an application here.
For more information, or to submit an application please email conference@ontaba.org.

ONTABA 2016 Annual Conference

The Intercontinental is offering conference attendees a discounted rate of $199 plus tax per night. To make a reservation simply click on the link or call 1-800-235-4670 and quote the code ONTABA2016. If you have any difficulties please contact conference@ontaba.org. See you in November!

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