we develop aba

One voice in West Virginia dedicated to providing accurate and up-to-date information, empowering parents, supporting best practices, and making lasting changes in our state to enable West Virginians with autism to achieve their highest potential.

We Develop ABA (Workforce and Development for Applied Behavior Analysis) is a coalition of ABA providers across West Virginia working to develop ABA services across multiple settings and grow a well-trained ABA workforce to tackle some of West Virginia’s most pressing problems.

The initiative is spearheaded by Augusta Levy Learning Center, Mountaineer Autism Project and Bright Futures Learning Services.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded We Develop ABA $50,000 to do this important work. The Augusta Levy Learning Center provides administration oversight.

The coalition received $68,000 in private matching funds from the Augusta Levy Learning Center, Bright Futures Learning Services, Community Autism Resources and Education Systems, the Disabilities Opportunity Fund, and the Larch Foundation.

We Develop ABA measured our state’s current ABA workforce and access to ABA services, and developed a statewide strategic plan to increase the ABA workforce.

Report: Closing The Treatment Gap For West Virginia’s Autistic Children

With more than 10,000 young West Virginians facing autism’s developmental and neurological challenges, a new study by We Develop ABA shows how West Virginia’s autism treatment gap leaves the vast majority unable to access effective therapies.

The report’s findings include:

  • West Virginia schools are reporting a rapid growth in new autism cases.
  • 96% of autistic young people in the state lack access to proven early intervention Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Despite increases in available care, 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties still have no ABA services clinic, including 4 of the state’s 10 most populous counties.
  • The study also finds strong opportunities for rewarding jobs in autism care that can boost economic development.

Policymakers and Organizations Who Have Offered Letters of Support for This Project

  • Sen. Shelley Moore-Capito
  • Rep. Carol Miller
  • The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
  • West Virginia Birth to Three
  • West Virginia Autism Training Center
  • Marshall University
  • Concord University
  • WVU Medicine Children’s

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We'd love to hear from you. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out!

Email: Mapwvautism@gmail.com

Past Projects

Surveys

In 2023, we asked ABA Treatment Centers, Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBAs), family members, and non-BCBA human service professionals to provide feedback on the current state of ABA in West Virginia. The surveys aimed to tell us about the “state of the state” in behavioral intervention services.

The results of these surveys were used to inform our strategic plan for increasing access to behavioral services and workforce development to benefit all West Virginians.

 

Planning meeting

In March 2023, a kickoff  “We Develop ABA” planning meeting brought together primary stakeholders from treatment centers and higher education across the state, as well as regional and national experts in the field, in an effort to discuss the current environment, opportunities, and challenges for creating an ABA ecosystem in West Virginia.

 

Town Hall and additional meetings

Following the surveys and planning meeting, we provided Town Hall meetings and additional stakeholders meetings throughout the spring and summer, with the goal of having a strategic plan for the implementation of “We Develop ABA” to submit to the Appalachian Regional Commission for possible funding.