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FABA continues to monitor the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19. We understand that concerns for health, safety, and the impact on meeting attendance, among other issues, are affecting our members.


Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is a federally funded benefit program that assists individuals who become unemployed because of a disaster.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Disaster Unemployment Assistance


Short Time Compensation Program for Employers

The Short Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff.

Short Time Compensation Program for Employers


US Small Business Administration: Guidance & Loan Resources

Small business owners in designated states (Florida is included) are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Florida's Small Business Administration

Governor DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program. The purpose of the program is to provide an expedient source of capital to impacted small businesses. The bridge loan is a short-term, interest-free source of working capital intended to help the business “bridge the gap” between the time of impact and when federal assistance is available. Application deadline: May 8, 2020

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program


Billing Codes Commission

During the COVID-19 crisis, many funding sources are authorizing telehealth services in order to curtail the spread of the virus and minimize disruption to medically necessary treatment. ABABCC has collected information from funding sources throughout the US on telehealth options for delivery of ABA-based services.

Information about telehealth, including which 3rd party payers are accepting billing for telehealth


ABA Coding Coalition

Navigating the COVID-19 Impact on ABA Services


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA is sharing information and resources about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to help you protect yourself, staff, clients/patients/students, and other individuals involved in your practice.

Protecting Those You Serve, Co-Workers, and Yourself From COVID-19



Covid-19 Updates from the BACB



COVID-19 FAQs for ABA Providers


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Coronavirus Info

Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities

Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission (PDF Download)


Johns Hopkins University

Live Tracker



World Health Organization

Key Messages and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools (PDF Download)

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak (PDF Download)

Advice for the public


BACB's Ethics Guidance for ABA Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly impactful on vulnerable populations and their service providers, we offer the following information to our certificants as they make critical decisions about service delivery during this difficult time. Please keep in mind that this information does not constitute legal or medical advice.

First, we extend our gratitude to the many behavior analysts who had contingency plans in place to address service interruptions. We also want to serve as a resource for the many BACB certificants who have contacted us for ethics guidance as they seek to develop and modify contingency plans consistent with the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (Code) during the pandemic. The Code is primarily focused on ensuring that high-quality services are delivered in a safe manner. Throughout the Code, it is clear that the primary directive is to do no harm to clients. Section 2.0, Behavior Analysts’ Responsibility to Clients, states “Behavior analysts have a responsibility to operate in the best interest of clients.” Section 2.04(d) states: “Behavior analysts put the client’s care above all others …”

Section 1.04(d) of the Code makes it clear that behavior analysts must comply with legal requirements, including those related to social distancing and service provision. Recent directives regarding social distancing may create scenarios that are not easily addressed under 4.07(b) of the Code. Essentially, the social distancing requirements could be deemed “environmental conditions [that] hinder implementation of the behavior-change program.” Accordingly, BACB certificants must “seek to eliminate the environment constraints, or identify in writing the obstacles to doing so.” 4.07(b). This means that if barriers cannot be removed, the behavior analyst must document those barriers (e.g., requirements to engage in social distancing) in writing for each client.

As BACB certificants endeavor to uphold the Code and protect clients, we provide the following considerations:

Health and Safety

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify an increased risk of COVID-19 infection—and more acute conditions if infected—for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental delays regardless of age.
  • The World Health Organization and the CDC recommend social distancing to slow the spread of the infection, minimize the risk of infection to those considered high-risk, and reduce the strain on health services and resources. In the United States, the federal and state governments have directed the public to engage in social distancing, schools have closed or moved to online instruction, and many other public services have been limited or temporarily stopped. Similar practices have been enacted in many other countries.
  • The CDC indicates that individuals who are asymptomatic or have yet to display symptoms may expose others to the virus, and because testing is limited, most individuals are unable to verify that they are not infected. This means that service providers or clients who do not appear ill could be spreading the virus.
  • To minimize risk, service providers should consider developing a COVID-19 pandemic risk mitigation plan and implementation policies. The risk mitigation plan may include some of the following elements: regular communication with staff and clients about how to stay safe, telecommuting/telehealth, limits on air travel, attestations about symptoms and exposure, encouraging social distancing, and cancelling services/sessions if clients or service providers are symptomatic or if deemed necessary to comply with social distancing recommendations.

Continuity of Care and Appropriate Transition of Services

  • Section 2.15, Interrupting or Discontinuing Services, indicates that certificants must work in the best interest of clients to avoid interrupting or disrupting services. This code element must be balanced with the overall requirement to not harm clients. Therefore, certificants providing services to vulnerable individuals must first comply with all government mandates (1.04(d) of the Code). Assuming there are no mandates to the contrary, the service provider must determine if the risk of suspending services is greater than the risk of continuing to provide services. If continuing services is a consideration, the certificant must then determine if services can be delivered in a manner that does not unduly increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19. In the event that services should be suspended, the next step is to determine how services can be supplemented (e.g., provide telehealth services, develop maintenance and generalization programming, create home-based program materials, move to parent consultation via telehealth) to minimize disruptions (i.e., minimize loss of critical skills).

As certificants make these difficult decisions, we urge you to follow all laws and public health recommendations from your local health authority and respective governmental agencies. We have compiled a list of resources relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic below. Note that including a resource is not an endorsement of the agency or organization, or the guidance provided by said agency or organization.


CoFABA 2020

From Roots to Branches:
The Growth and Sustainability of Behavior Analysis

 Friday, May 8, 2020


CoFABA 2020 Presenters & Presentation Titles:

Pat McGreevy - Life as a Behavior Analyst: Where I’ve Been and What I’ve Learned

Jim Carr - An Update on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Nikki Dickens - Going out on a Limb...Gracefully: Sustaining the field of Behavior Analysis through Supervision and Professionalism.

Merrill Winston - A Behavioral Analysis of Mass Shootings

Kristen Lancaster- ACTing in Support of Wellness: A Behavior Analyst’s Guide

Pat Friman - Eschew Obfuscation: Turning People On to Behavior Analysis with Plain and Simple Language

Optional Round Table Lunch Discussions:

This year we will have a total of 8 options for lunch discussions.   This is an optional event that allows for smaller networking with peers interested in a particular topic.   Seating is limited and is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. 

Please note that EVERYONE will receive a lunch regardless of their participation in the round table discussions.

  • History & Evolution of Behavior Analysis (McGreevy)
  • Business practices in Behavior Analysis (Hurst)
  • Supervision practices (Dickens)
  • BACB & ethical issues (Carr)
  • Wellness & Mental Health (Lancaster)
  • Cultural Issues (Winston)
  • Soft Skills for Practitioners (Friman)
  • Medicaid (Potak)


Schedule of Events:

Thursday, May 7, 2020

7:00 - 8:30 PM - Packet Pickup in the lobby/bar of the Doubletree Orlando East
7:30 - 10:30 PM - Welcome Hospitality Social for all attendees at the Doubletree

Friday, May 8, 2020

7:45 AM - Exhibitor Setup
8:00 AM - Packet Pickup & Breakfast begin  
8:30 AM - First presentation will begin
11:30 PM - Lunch will be catered by Pearsons Catering, Round-table discussions
3:30 PM - Networking Social at Burger U


Parking is included with your registration. 

You MUST display a parking pass on your driver's side dashboard.   Parking passes will be emailed after you have registered for the event.

Hotel Information:

 DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando East - UCF Area

12125 Hightech Ave
Orlando FL 32817
Group Rate: $139/night

The Doubletree is currently sold out on Thursday night.


Continuing Education:

Once again we will be using the CEUhelper app to collect and process CEUs.   If you have not been to an event where CEUhelper was used, you will need to sign up for a CEUhelper account to use the app.  Please follow the instructions at this link:   If you have used CEUhelper in the past, no additional steps are needed to use it again at this year's CoFABA event.


Additional Information:

If you would like to pick up your name tag and registration materials in advance, please visit the Doubletree on Thursday night between 7:30-8:00 PM.   A packet pickup area will be in the hotel lobby/bar area.   Also, on Thursday Night there is a Welcome Hospitality Social for all attendees.  All guests will get one free drink ticket and we will also be serving some light snacks.

The conference will end with a networking social at Burger U starting right after the final presentation ends.  This will give the attendees an opportunity to speak with all of you and enjoy some time to interact in a casual atmosphere.  You can walk from the Alumni Fairwinds Center to Burger U across the street if you would like to participate in this event.





FABA Executive Committee


Jim Ayotte, MBA, CAE

Executive Director
FL Manufactured Housing Assn

Lonny Powell

FL Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Assn

Fran Gilbert, CAE

President & CEO
Starfish Management Solutions

Jaime Caldwell

South FL Hospital & Healthcare Assn

Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
Immediate Past-Chair

Chief Staff Executive/Vice-President
Partners in Assn Management, Inc.


Directors at Large

Pete Anderson
Associate Director At Large

Creative Insurance Concepts, Inc.

Amanda Bowen

Amanda Bowen, CAE
Director At Large

Nancy D. Stephens & Associates

Jason Carroll

Jason Carroll, CMP
Director At Large

Executive Director, Friends of the Riverwalk

Jan Dobson, CAE, APR
Director At Large

Sr. Director FICPA Scholarship Foundation
FL Institute of CPAs

Gail Siminovsky, CAE
Director at Large

Executive Director
Academy of Laser Dentistry

Donna Son, IOM
Director at Large

Chief Operating Officer
FL Institute of CPAs

Crissy Tallman, CMP, CAE
Director at Large

Director of Conventions & Continuing Education
FL Dental Assn

Stephanie Thomas, CAE, CMP
Director at Large

Director of CPE Operations
FL Institute of CPAs

Michele White, CAE
Director at Large

Associate Executive Director
FL Assn of School Administrators

Jessica Walters

Jessica Walters
Associate Director At Large

National Sales Manager
The Breakers Palm Beach  

Frank Rudd, CAE, CMP




Past Presidents

2019 Andrew Houvouras
2018 Nikki Dickens
2017 Corey Robertson
2016 Sharon Older
2015 Amy Polick
2014 Dawn Bailey
2013 Kevin Jackson
2012 Steve Coleman
2011 David Wilder
2010 Jan Montgomery
2009 Mary Riordan
2008 Tony Gelabert
2007 Karen Wagner
2006 Kevin Murdock
2005 Gretchen Thwing
2004 Tim Vollmer
2003 Jose Martinez-Diaz
2002 Al Murphy
2001 Michael Stoutimore
2000 Teresa Rodgers
1999 Patrick McGreevy
1998 James McGimsey
1997 Michael Hemingway
1996 Haydee Toro
1995 Judy Favell
1994 Steve Starin
1993 Brian Iwata
1992 Bill Wolking
1991 Jerry Shook
1990 Brian Jacobson
1989 Shari Titus
1988 Maxin Reiss
1987 Rusty Clark
1986 Jon S. Bailey
1985 Gary Jackson
1984 Jim Johnston
1983 Jerry Martin
1982 Hank Pennypacker
1981 Nate Azrin

Members At Large

Matt Potak
Member-at-Large 2016-2019

Megan Miller
Member-at-Large 2016-2019



WORKSHOPS are 3-hrs in length. Workshops are scheduled at the beginning or end of the annual conference on either Wednesday or Saturday (Saturday workshops run concurrently with selected sessions). Regardless of scheduled date, all workshops must be eligible for approval as a BCBA/BCaBA continuing education event. They should be designed to teach new skills that may be used by the participants. The format of the workshop MUST involve extensive audience participation, use of handouts, opportunities for participants to practice the skills, and/or the use of guided notes. Note that a workshop is not a sales or marketing event and any commercial advertising efforts are prohibited. Any extra fees must be justified. Not all workshops submitted may be selected for the annual conference-especially given the increasing number of submissions. Workshop presenters MUST register for the FABA conference.  Any author intending to present/ speak must be marked as a PRESENTING AUTHOR.

Submit a Workshop

PAPERS are oral presentations of a single paper given in 50 or 80-minute durations. Papers may not be accepted at the same duration in which they were submitted (e.g., a 50 minute paper may be requested by peer reviewers to be expanded into an 80 minute presentation). In the event that the description of the submission better meets the definition of another type of presentation (i.e., a panel), a paper session may be accepted in a different format (e.g., a paper may be accepted as a panel or poster).  Submitters agree to these terms when submitting paper presentations and will be notified of such decisions upon completion of peer reviews. Any author intending to speak must be marked as a PRESENTING AUTHOR.

Submit a Paper

PAPER SESSIONS Twenty-five minute paper presentations will be grouped together to form 50 or 80 minute paper sessions around similar topics a CHAIR will be assigned by the Program Committee reviewers to preside over the paper session (this is often one of the presenting authors). The chair will be assigned to introduce speakers, keep time, and act as a main communicator between the program committee and co-authors.  There is not a discussant for paper sessions or paper presentations.  Papers may not be accepted at the same duration in which they were submitted (e.g., a 50 minute paper may be accepted as a 25 minute paper).  Any author intending to speak must be marked as a PRESENTING AUTHOR.

Submit a Paper Session

SYMPOSIA consist of several speakers addressing a very similar topic. A SYMPOSIUM is organized by the Chair of the session who is typically not a presenter of one of the papers. This differs from a paper session in that it features a Discussant—a person who is prominent in the field and is not one of the presenters. Questions from the audience are addressed at the end of the Symposium and commented upon by the Discussant.

Submit a Symposium

PANEL DISCUSSIONS bring together several individuals with similar expertise in a subject matter to discuss topics of concern or interest among themselves and with audience members. The organizer of a PANEL either acts as the Chair or selects a Chairperson responsible for introducing topics and speakers. The PANEL would be an appropriate submission for meetings of affiliated chapters or special interest groups. Panels are scheduled for 50 or 80 minutes in duration but may be accepted at a different duration upon peer review.

Submit a Panel

POSTERS are visual presentations of primarily data-based information in an attractive, easily understood format. The advantage of a poster is that it provides face-to-face interaction with the author(s). Posters should fit a 4' x 4' area. A bulletin board for display and pushpins will be provided. POSTERS are combined thematically into POSTER SESSIONS, which remain in place for a minimum of 3-hrs. The presenters are asked to be present for the first hour to answer any questions or to more fully describe their work. Poster presentations offer a great opportunity to share their research, receive feedback on ideas, and network with others.  Annual Ribbon Awards are bestowed. Posters are not eligible for continuing education credits.


Submit a Poster

FILMS (coming back for FABA 2020) are submitted by members for consideration in the Nate Azrin Film Festival. If requested, submitters must provide proof of permission for the material in order to avoid copyright infringement. Submitters are responsible for supplying FABA/hotel personnel with the media in an accessible format.  Film Festivals may be reserved for Anniversary conference years only and occur at the discretion of the Chair.

Submit a Film

IGNITE is a fast-paced, fun, thought provoking, session where presenters share their professional passions about some aspect of behavior analysis in five minutes, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. The Ignite motto is: “Enlighten us, but make it quick.” IGNITE presentations will be grouped into 50-minute sessions based on similar themes. To learn more about this exciting method of sharing your passion and see great examples of 5-minute presentations go to 

Ignites are not eligible for continuing education credits.

Submit an Ignite

MEETINGS and SPECIAL EVENTS are items that need space at the conference, but do not fit into one of the other categories. should submitted by the intended Meeting Chair—for the purpose of discussing a common mission or topic of interest.  This is intended for Special Interest Groups, Local Chapter, or other subcommittees of FABA.  Other examples include yoga sessions, Zumba sessions or meet & greet events.  Meetings & Events are not eligible for continuing education credits.  If you feel that your event should receive CEUs, you are encouraged to submit a panel or paper presentation instead.


Submit a Meeting
or Special Event



Here are some things to keep in mind when presenting at FABA:

Conference Registration

All presenters MUST register for the conference.   This includes poster presenters and those people who are only coming to present and do not intend to attend the conference.   Please keep this in mind when submitting your presentation.  

Audio/Visual Equipment

The session room will be set theater style with a lectern at the front of the room and an LCD projector. We will also provide a six-foot draped head table and 2 chairs. If you are showing slides, we request that you bring your own laptop with your slides pre-loaded. Those using Mac computers will need to provide their own cable adapters. There will be a table in the back for any handouts, brochures, etc. A limited amount of additional A/V equipment can be provided. Please note which equipment, if any, you require. Additional requests will be considered based on budgetary impact. Microphones and speakers will not come standard in smaller rooms and will only be available in those rooms seating over 200. If your presentation requires audio, please note this on your submission.

Head Shot

Please submit a high-resolution color digital head shot, at least 300 dpi, in JPG format. We cannot use PDFs nor can we use images pulled from a website for print purposes. Although they may appear fine on screen, the resolution is not high enough and will appear grainy in print. Please note that all head shots must be a photograph of the presenter, no illustrations or clip art will be accepted. If you are an author, also submit book jacket image(s).

Speaker Handouts (optional)

You may provide handouts to conference attendees if desired. These can include written copies or summaries of your presentation, as well as supplementary resource materials. We regret that we will not be able to cover any costs associated with duplication, shipping to or from the conference center, or handling of handouts or other speaker materials.

Promote your Participation

• Follow us on Twitter: @FABA_Info and tag tweets #40YearsofFABA #FABA2020 #FABAs40th

• Get connected on LinkedIn

• Like FABA on our Facebook page

We encourage speakers to promote their participation via their social media accounts, websites, event calendars and newsletters.

In addition to Twitter, we invite you to join our groups on LinkedIn and Facebook to engage our audience before and after the conference. This is a great opportunity to share relevant content from your blog, link to your news articles and media appearances, ask thought-provoking questions, surface ideas to explore in your presentation or solicit questions to ask your speakers if you are a moderator. We also welcome guest bloggers (post about your session or re-blog your existing content).


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