Autism and Behavior Analysis: From Dissonance to Dialogue

Karola Dillenburger, Mickey Keenan

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Questions about human behavior and diversity have captured the attention of scientists from a wide range of philosophical stances for centuries. While behavior analysts would argue that natural science is an enlightening perspective when applied to the understanding of the human condition, at times arguments within certain campaigns would prefer Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to be banned or abolished. In this paper we discuss some of the roots of this stance and suggest a way forward based on what are basically complementary views on the goals enshrined in rights-based practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Electronic Journal of Elementary Education
Issue number3
Early online date8 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished online - 8 Apr 2023

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  • Natural Science
  • Behavior Analysis
  • Human Diversity
  • Autism
  • Diversity
  • Discrimination
  • Autism Diversity


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