ABA Access4All began as a parent crowd-funding initiative in late 2013, with 200 parents chipping in £10 each towards a legal opinion on whether the UK's failure to provide their autistic children with ABA, an evidence-based therapy, might be judicially reviewable. Initial counsel opinion came back that there was indeed a case to be made. Judicial Review proceedings are ongoing via a legal team from Arden Chambers and Bindman's, with the first JR now settled and ABA inserted into the Local Offer of Wolverhampton LA.
In the meantime, the campaign continues to lobby and inform on the gains achievable for autistic children via ABA, to try and 'bust' some of the myths and misinformation that are out there about ABA, and to discuss the sometimes ineffective education offered in many autism special schools. We have gained much coverage in the UK press and on BBC TV and radio. Parent founder, Jane McCready, wrote last year enclosing a signed submission to the Chairman of NICE, asking them to review their inadequate guidance on autism. Read it here.
Perhaps the message is starting to get through? There are now nearly as many children educated in ABA schools as there are in schools run by the largest UK autism charity and education chain, the National Autistic Society (NAS). Parents are increasingly winning ABA at tribunal, or using Personal Budgets on it. And several forward-thinking Local Authorities (LAs) are bringing ABA 'in-house' and employing BCBAs direct.
However there's still a way to go. In particular, early intervention via ABA remains unavailable to all but the wealthy: a big target for the campaign to tackle, given what research tells us about the importance of such early intervention. ABA training for one-to-one shadows in mainstream school is also a target, plus greater use of ABA professionals in special schools, which are often coasting - more child-minding than educating.
Vist the ABAA4ALL website here ABAA4ALL