Behavior analysts, with feedback and input from clients, relevant parties, and advocates, are continually evaluating services based on client outcomes and social validity. Ongoing efforts to evaluate social validity must be driven by the client’s perspective, preferences, and values. Foundational to these ongoing collaborations with clients (and relevant parties, as appropriate) is the need to protect client dignity and promote anti-ableist practices that affirm the identity and values of the client in order to further client self-determination and autonomy. This panel will provide an opportunity to listen and learn from Autistic individuals, Autistic professionals, and caregivers to foster audience understanding of self-determination, and the relationship between self-determination and quality of life. The audience will also learn about service and support delivery practices that promote or hinder client self-determination, dignity, and autonomy.
Panelists: Armando Bernal, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA; William Britt; Mari Cerda, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA; Jeanne Raichle