Autism and the Law

This online continuing education course focuses on legal and ethical concerns related to behavior analytic service delivery.

Portrait of a gavel, handcuffs and law book

In this updated online course, you will gain an understanding of your role and responsibilities as a BCBA in providing medically necessary treatment, writing defensible assessments, appealing denials, and avoiding legal pitfalls.

Course topics include:

  • Insurance Mandates
  • Mental Health Parity
  • Medicaid/EPSDT
  • Nondiscrimination in Insurance/Healthcare
  • ADA
  • IDEA
  • False Claims Act/ Healthcare Fraud
  • Contracts, Audits, Billing, Dispute Resolution
  • Denials and Appeals
  • Business and Professions Law, Licensure, and Ethics

Autism and the Law

October 20 - December 8, 2020
Weekly Online Lecture Schedule: 
Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Central

This 8-week course hosts live online meetings with Dan Unumb and co-instructor Mary Regan. All live online meetings will be recorded and available to view later for those who can't attend live. 

Required Text: Yell, M. (2019). The Law and Special Education. Pearson. ISBN-13 9780135178324
Optional Text: Unumb. L. S. & Unumb, D. R. (2011). Autism and the Law: Cases, Statutes, and Materials. Carolina Academic Press. Durham, North Carolina.

The course is eligible for a total of 10 BACB Learning CEUs (including 4 Ethics and 4 Supervision CEUs).

Location: Online
Tuition: $769.20 Register Now

About the Instructor: 

Dan is an attorney and the parent of a child with autism. As President of the Autism Legal Resource Center, a national law and consulting firm, he represents professional associations, autism service providers, and individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families seeking access to services and has briefed autism issues in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Dan previously served as Executive Director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center. Dan began his autism advocacy working with his wife Lorri in securing cutting-edge legislation in 2007 mandating insurance coverage for autism treatments in South Carolina. In 2008, Dan and Lorri were named “Parents of the Year” by the Autism Society of America.

Before beginning full-time autism advocacy, Dan was the Director of Litigation for South Carolina Legal Services, a 10-office, statewide legal aid program. He has served as an adjunct professor in Legal Writing and Advocacy at George Washington University Law School and the Charleston School of Law, and as an instructor at the Justice Department’s National Advocacy Center.  Dan graduated from Northwestern University School of Law, and previously practiced with law firms in Boston, Washington, D.C. and Charleston, SC, as well as the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Dan is co-author of the law school casebook “Autism and the Law,” and has presented on legal topics pertaining to autism at numerous conferences and trainings including the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, the Autism Society of America, the Autism Law Summit, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, ABAI, and the Council on Autism Services.  Dan is the 2020 recipient of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award for his work in developing public policy related to behavior analysis and increasing access to behavior-analytic services.  

About the Co-Instructor: Mary Reagan, M.S., J.D., BCBA, LBA is the Coordinator, Summer Bridge and Placement at Jacksonville State University (JSU). Mary earned an M.S. from Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (Alabama). Before her interest was sparked in Behavior Analysis, Mary practiced law and has a Juris Doctor from Regent University, as well as a B.S. in finance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While a graduate student at JSU, she worked in Learning Services and was introduced to Precision Teaching and the Standard Celeration Chart. Her main research focus was instructor and staff training where she developed an instructor training manual that encompasses Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction principles used in intermediate algebra course design and instruction. She assisted in the implementation of EdReady, OER adaptive learning platform as the JSU Math Placement Exam. Mary now also supervises graduate students seeking their BCBA certification. She served as VP of Programs for IPTC from 2017-2018 and is currently President of the Standard Celeration Society. She has presented at the IPTC conference of the Standard Celeration Society, Association for Behavior Analysis International and the NROC Member Meeting. She is a member of the Standard Celeration Society (SCS), Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis (ALABA), and Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA).