1.0- Type II Learning BACB CEU (1- Ethics BACB CEU & 0-Supervision BACB CEU)

Presenters: Whitney Hammel Anny, MSEd, BCBA, IBA, LBA

Abstract: There are 1.2 billion individuals living in Africa. Limited data is currently available on the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on the continent which leads to sparse funding and programs for those with disabilities. Lack of awareness and acceptance of those with ASD, combined with limited resources, leads to decreased quality of life. The Human Rights Watch (2012) has documented severe abuse against those with disabilities, including shackling and unsanitary conditions, in Ghanaian prayer camps and psychiatric institutions. The BBC also released a documentary titled “The World’s Worst Place to Be Disabled?” (2015) outlining abuse, neglect and even termination of life for those with disabilities in Ghana. Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in Africa is greatly needed. ABA is relatively unknown and mostly concentrated to English speaking countries; such as Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. There is an urgent need to ethically and sustainably increase the number of trained ABA professionals to impact the lives of those with disabilities on the continent. This presentation will discuss the development and growth of Autism Compassion Africa, a nonprofit based in Ghana, and it’s work disseminating ABA with ethical and cultural considerations.

Objectives: Learners will be able to identify strategies for how to practice ABA in a different culture. Learners will also to determine effective ways of disseminating ABA in a different culture.

International Dissemination: ABA in Ghana

  • Recording Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZ5WmHR-Vk&t
    Quiz Link: https://forms.gle/qEzr6Qbx4WSiiU8d8