For Our Keiki

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Who We Stand For

We are parents and community members who are taking a stand #forourkeiki. We are committed to advocating for our keiki's right to access to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provided by Licensed behavior analysts (LBA) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) in their school settings, during the school day. 

Keiki (pronounced kay-kee), is the Hawaiian word for child, or children.

What We Stand For

According to Hawai'i State law (Act 199, Act 107; Chapter 465-D), Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) must typically be completed by a Hawai'i Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBAs). In rare circumstances, a licensed clinical psychologist may also be able to conduct this assessment (if they have ABA in their scope of practice and training). If your keiki has a behavior support plan (BSP), they should also have a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) on their team (at the very least during the assessment phase). Our keiki in the DOE are being denied access to Licensed Behavior Analysts (LBAs). This is in direct violation of our Hawai'i ABA Licensure law, Federal FAPE, I.D.E.A., and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Update on ABA in Hawai'i (Petcha Kucha) 10/2017 (6 min 40 sec video)

What Is ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)?

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A Bit of Background Specific to Hawai'i (ABAinHI)

Timeline of notable legislation and litigation specific to ABA in Hawai'i (Behaviorbabe)

2015 Legislative Session: 

Autism Insurance "Luke's Law" passed, effective 1/1/2016; ABLE ACT Passed, allowed for tax free, savings for non-college adults, effective 1/1/2016; Hawai'i Licensure for Behavior Analysts written and signed into law in 2015, effective date 1/1/2016

2016 Legislative Session: The Behavior Analyst Licensure law was challenged by the Department of Education (DOE), an exemption was given for direct support workers (DSW) until 1/1/2019; Department required to hire or contract with Licensed Behavior Analysts (effective 7/2016)

2017 Legislative Session: (SB739) The law was challenged by Psychologists who claimed behavior analysts had "infringed on their right to practice" because the licensure law requires DSW to become registered behavior technicians (by 1/1/2019); legislators did not make any changes; law upheld as is

2018 Legislative Session: (HB2271/ACT205) clarified that "teachers may not conduct functional behavior assessments or independently design or oversee applied behavior analysis services".

Updated 7/21/2018

This website is managed by Amanda N. Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Lara Bollinger, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, and Naomi Tachera, RBT and Parent