Licensure for Behavior Analysts (Chapter 465-D) requires licensure for those who practice behavior analysis, with seven carefully crafted exemptions. The majority of the exemptions allow for students, parents/guardians, individuals pursuing practicum, etc. to practice, under the oversight of a licensed behavior analyst (LBA).
The Hawai'i Department of Education does not currently provide applied behavior analysis (ABA) services by licensed behavior analysts (LBA). The HIDOE was given until 1/1/2019 for all direct support workers (DSW) to become credentialed as Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs).
Learn more about the pending class-action lawsuit, brought by families against the HIDOE, for failure to provide FAPE as part of IDEA. Additionally, there are ADA violations for discrimination against a protected class of US citizens, namely those with an autism diagnosis.
Endrew’s parents contended that the final IEP proposed by the school district was not “reasonably calculated to enable [Endrew] to receive educational benefits” and that Endrew had therefore been denied a FAPE. Rowley, 458 U. S., at 207. Endrew’s IEPs largely carried over the same basic goals and objectives from one year to the next, indicating that he was failing to make meaningful progress toward his aims. LEARN MORE Instruction Must be 'Specially Designed' to Meet 'Child's Unique Needs' Through an IEP Later, the Court returned to these concepts: “A focus on the particular child is at the core of the IDEA. The instruction offered must be ‘specially designed’ to meet a child’s ‘unique needs’ through an “[i]ndividualized education program.” §§1401(29), (14)
October 5, 2017 - “Ultimately, we simply do not believe that the legislature intended to permit insurers to exclude coverage in the sensory-laden educational environment where children spend large portions of their days, or to require families to litigate the issue of medical necessity discretely in individual cases to secure such location-specific coverage for the treatment,” Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, who wrote the 22-page majority opinion, said. LEARN MORE
This page was updated 1/19/2018.
In order to practice behavior analysis in Hawaii, you MUST be licensed. Instructions are listed on the application and include two different options for verification of certification from the BACB / DCCA Website: Behavior Analyst licensing program
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