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

Gain first-hand knowledge of the laws governing service delivery, and best practices for working with funders and advocating for your clients.

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

March 2, 2020 - May 1, 2020
Weekly Online Lecture Schedule: 
Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Central

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 4 Ethics CEUs from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.


Location: Online
Tuition: $769.20 Register Now

About the Instructor: Dan Unumb is the President of the Autism Legal Resource Center, a national law center providing information, support and legal advocacy in support of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Previously, Dan was Director of Litigation for a ten-office statewide legal aid program (South Carolina Legal Services).  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, Autism Speaks’ National Law Summit, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts and the Council on Autism Services. Dan graduated from Carleton College and the Northwestern University School of Law, and has practiced with law firms in Boston, Washington, D.C. and Charleston, SC, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice. Dan is also a co-founder of the non-profit Autism Academy of South Carolina which provides intensive intervention services to children with Autism Spectrum, Disorders.

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).