Each year since 2015, the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis has recognized an exemplary community member whose actions and advocacy have lead to an increase of awareness, acceptance, and access to applied behavior analysis services here in Hawai'i. This award is intended to recognize someone --who is not a local behavior analyst-- who exemplifies HABA’s mission, while maintaining a sincere and dedicated interest to consumer protection. Nominations come from HABA Board Members and are voted upon by the members of the Board.
Luke Pinnow - Lifetime Achievement Award
Senator Michelle Kidani - Education Chair
Dr. Mitzie Higa - Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association (HSTA)
Dr. Rob Holdsambeck serves as the Executive Director for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS). In this capacity, Dr. Holdsambeck has supported the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) by partnering with us to host Keynote Speakers at our annual events. Over the years the Cambridge Center has offered HABA members discounts on job postings and bookstore sales, as well as discounted conference registrations and access to recorded talks, which are eligible for continuing education credits.
Louis Erteschik is the Executive Director of the Hawai'i Disability Rights Center. Lou is an active advocate for the autism community who has testified numerous times in support of behavior analysis, insurance coverage, Medicaid reimbursement, and school-day access to ABA from the HIDOE. Lou has been involved in discussions at the Capitol and with numerous stakeholders for many years. Our communities are grateful and are proud to celebrate Mr. Erteschik as the 2016 recipient of HABA's Community Contribution award.
Representative Belatti was the true champion of "Luke's Law", which was Hawaii's Autism Insurance Reform. Representative Belatti spent many hours educating herself and then others of the power and effectiveness of applied behavior analysis. Not only is ABA an effective science, it is the right thing to do, and it is considered the Gold Standard of Autism Treatment. In 2015, Representative Belatti also supported Licensure for Behavior Analysts (LBA), which increased protections for behavioral health consumers, not only those diagnosed with autism.
Geri Pinnow is a mother, a wife, a teacher, friend, advocate, and hero to many in the autism and behavior analytic communities. For numerous years, Geri and her son, Luke visited the Hawai'i State Capitol, meeting with legislators and testifying on behalf the need for access to applied behavior analysis (ABA) services. When Autism Insurance reform passed, it was dubbed, "Luke's Law", in Luke's honor, even though the law placed a cap on services at age 14, and Luke had recently celebrated his 15th birthday.
In order to practice behavior analysis in Hawaii, you MUST be licensed or overseen by a Licensed Behavior Analyst (Chapter 465D). Instructions are listed on the application and include two different options for verification of certification from the BACB / DCCA Website: Behavior Analyst licensing program. As your state ABAI chapter, we are committed to providing our members with information pertinent to our practice here in Hawai’i. If you are not already a member for 2019 and would like to support our work here please consider joining HABA, anyone with an interest can be a member!