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Autism Society

As the nation’s oldest grassroots autism organization, the Autism Society has been working to improve the lives of all affected by autism for 46 years. When the organization was founded in 1965, the autism community was very different than it is today when about 60 people, mostly parents, came from all over the Northeast to Teaneck, N.J. For many, it was the first meeting with other parents. Most communities had no facilities for the care or education of children with autism. The group realized more than ever before the need to have a national organization that would work to seek education and care for people with autism, one that would work for adequate legislation, research and publicity for their unique challenges. The Autism Society (then called the National Society for Autistic Children) was born. Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism.

2002: The Autism Society launches the e-newsletter ASA-Net. National Association of Residential Providers for Adults with Autism (NARPAA) is founded. Autism 101, an online learning course, is a popular addition to the Autism Society website.

2004: The Autism Society launches Autism SourceTM, an online referral database of autism-related services and supports.

2008: Autism and Environmental Health 101, an online course, is released. Monthly Sensory Friendly Films are launched around the country in partnership with AMC Theatres

2009:The Autism Society Launches the Vote 4 Autism advocacy campaign so advocates can contact Congressional members and express their opinion on pending legislation. The 1Power4Autism website fosters and supports local autism awareness events to support the Autism Society’s mission.

2010: AMC Theatres and the Autism Society pilot FOCUS (Furthering Opportunities Cultivating Untapped Strengths), a competitive employment initiative for people with autism and other disabilities. HBO Films produces "Temple Grandin" a movie which receives wide critical acclaim.

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, "In a Different Key" tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it.

The parents who built the first full-time autism school

By 1980 Shattock's mission to provide a local residential school for autistic children was complete. It was the first specialist autism school in the country offering a full residential service 52 weeks per year. 1970s, parents in Sunderland clubbed together to create what they saw as a real need back in a time when autism wasn't such a well-known disability.

In the 70s Paul Shattock's autistic son Jamie was six. Although they say he was a lovely child his parents - like many parents with autistic children - found they needed extra support.

Institutes for Autism

Autism Research Institute

To support the health and well-being of people affected by autism through innovative, impactful research and education.

Special Interest Groups

  • Acceptance and Commitment Training

  • Addiction

  • Applied Animal Behavior

  • Autism

  • Behavior Analysis and Selectionist Robotics

  • Behavior Analysis and Technology

  • Behavior Analysis and the Arts

  • Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies

  • Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness

  • Behavior Analysis in Military and Veterans' Issues

  • Behavior Analysis SIG on Supervision

  • Behavioral Development

  • Behavioral Gerontology

  • Behavioral Medicine

  • Behaviorists for Social Responsibility

  • Clinical

  • Crime, Delinquency, and Forensic Behavior Analysis

  • Culture and Diversity

  • Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

  • Ethics and Behavior Analysis

  • Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior

  • Gambling

  • History of Behavior Analysis

  • Mental Health

  • Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention

  • Neuroscience

  • Occupational Therapy SIG

  • Open Educational Resources

  • Organizational Behavior Management Network

  • Pediatric Feeding Disorders

  • Positive Behavior Support

  • Practitioner Issues in Behavior Analysis

  • Rehabilitation and Independent Living

  • Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice

  • SIG Español

  • Speech Pathology

  • Standard Celeration Society

  • Teaching Behavior Analysis

  • Theoretical, Philosophical, and Conceptual Issues

  • Verbal Behavior

Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)

Since 1974, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has been the primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis.

ABAI provides many services to its members and the field including the following:

  • Events: Events that promote dissemination of the science and provide continuing education opportunities for practitioners.

  • Jobs: Job placement services for applicants and employers.

  • Journals: Important scholarly journals in the field.

  • Affiliated Chapters: Support of the dissemination of behavior analysis in the United States and around the world.

  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs): SIGs initiated by and for members to provide forums for information exchange and to promote particular areas of behavior analysis.

  • Inside Behavior Analysis: ABAI's membership publication features articles of interest to the membership; information on upcoming events; and updates from chapters, SIGs, and more.

Upcoming Events

ABA IndiaAffiliated in 2006 as a national chapter of ABAI+91 99531


  • To advance the science of applied behavior analysis and encourage its application for changing socially relevant behaviors.

  • To engage with the government of India to recognize behavior analysis education.

  • To educate society about behavior analysis being a rigorous scientific discipline practiced only by credentialed professionals, and to discourage false claims by nonprofessionals.

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Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®) has been the leader in behavior analyst certification for over two decades. The BACB is a nonprofit corporation that was established in 1998 to meet professional certification needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior-analytic services. The BACB’s mission is to protect consumers of behavior-analytic services by systematically establishing, promoting, and disseminating professional standards of practice.


The BCBA®, BCaBA®, and RBT® certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs were the first standards developed for professional certification programs to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. NCCA standards articulate the essential elements of a high-quality certification program. Consistent with these standards, the BACB’s certification requirements, examination content, and procedures undergo regular review by subject matter experts in the discipline.

To learn more about accreditation, see ICE’s video, Value of Accreditation: Why it Matters.

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services.

BCBAs may supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts® (BCaBAs®), Registered Behavior Technicians® (RBTs®), and other professionals who implement behavior-analytic interventions.

Role in the Profession

In the profession of applied behavior analysis, the BACB’s primary role is to operate certification programs, which involves responsibilities similar to regulatory boards.. In this role, the BACB establishes practice standards, administers examinations, and provides ethics requirements and a disciplinary system for each of its certification programs. Due to the BACB’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, regulatory-like function, and NCCA accreditation, certain activities are limited, such as engaging in political activity. To learn more about our role and limitations, read our blog post, The BACB: What it is, What it Does, and Why, and listen to Episode 11 of our podcast, Inside the BACB.

Episode 14: Introducing the BCBA and BCaBA Handbooks

The BCBA Handbook describes the requirements for obtaining and maintaining BCBA certification.

In this episode 11 of Inside the BACB, CEO Jim Carr and Deputy CEO Melissa Nosik explore the BACB’s role in the profession of behavior analysis and discuss diversity policies, processes, programs, and other developments.

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