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Autism, Insurance, and Discrimination: The Effect of an Autism Diagnosis on Behavior-Analytic Services

  • Cary E. TrumpEmail author
  • Kevin M. Ayres
Special Section: Diversity and Inclusion

Abstract

This paper discusses variables contributing to behavior analysis’s growth within the autism community and the effect of an autism diagnosis on behavior-analytic services and access to those services. Recent insurance reforms in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands require insurance companies to offer, or cover, behavior-analytic services to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. However, despite many benefits associated with increased coverage for individuals with autism, potential limitations exist, such as age and disability discrimination. Furthermore, this paper examines factors influencing the growing number of behavior analysts practicing in the area of autism and steps to ensure the field’s growth beyond autism.

Keywords

Advocacy Autism Behavior analysis Insurance Legislation 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Cary E. Trump declares that she has no conflict of interest. Kevin M. Ayres declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication Sciences and Special EducationUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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