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

September 23, 2019 - December 17, 2019
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. 
Recommended Textbook: Autism and the Law: Cases, Statutes, and Materials By Lorri Shealy Unumb

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: Salvador “Sal” Ruiz is a Ph.D., BCBA, and is the Academic Administrator at the University of West Florida. Sal has worked with students from ages 5-27, including typically developing and learners with developmental disabilities. Sal has worked in various setting using the principles of Behavior Analysis. Sal’s background includes working as a direct care staff and behavior specialist. After earning his Masters of Arts in Psychology, his work led him to pursue a Ph.D. to contribute to the literature in Behavior Analysis. He currently supervises those seeking BACB certification, teaches, and conducts research. Sal’s career focuses on measurement, visual analysis, the treatment of challenging behavior, teaching and supervision. His current interests are challenging behavior, organizational behavior management, functions of behavior and training.