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2017 Washington Autism Advisory Council (WAAC) Meeting

“Improving access to evidence based treatment and medical services for persons with Autism throughout the state.” 

November 3, 2017

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Critical Issues Impacting Autistic Adults– Zack Siddeek, MSW-C
Overview of medical and health issues for persons with ASD/DD (Autism Speaks Health Report)- Alan Gill, MD
State of the science report on autism research, science, and genetics– Raphael Bernier, PhD
Restrictive Avoidant Eating– Barb Buchanan, RD and Danielle Dolezal, PhD., BCBA-D
HCA Updates w/10 minutes Q&A- Becky Peters
School Based Health Services and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
    Arzu Forough, Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy
    Nancy Rosenberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D (slides)
  • Why & how is ABA vital in accessing education
  • Teacher training, UW BCBA program (capacity or # of students per cohort), school districts that have hired or employ present or former UW students
    Vanessa Tucker, Ph.D., BCBA-D (slides)
  • From Pacific Lutheran University. How ABA is integrated into various school districts.  Conditions where children are able to access ABA
    Lionel Enns,  Ph.D., BCBA-D (slides)
  • Co-occurring mental health conditions that impact access to education, what other behavior therapies, the role of mental health providers for students with mental health issues and the need for someone who can treat or refer appropriately.
    Arzu Forough, WAAA
  • How is ABA currently funded: Safety net’s threshold & funding criteria
  • SBHS’s classification of ABA, process through which this may change.
  • HCA- Medicaid webinar School-based Health Services Overview
  • Process to remove ABA as a non-covered, realities about funding from legislature, grassroots advocacy, ABA Ad Hoc Committee