Unumb Receives CTABA 2021 Distinguished Service Award


CASP CEO Recognized For Outstanding Autism Advocacy

WAKEFIELD, MA – March 17, 2021 The Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP) announced today that Lorri Unumb, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, CASP received the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis (CTABA) 2021 Distinguished Service Award at CTABA’s 17th Annual Conference recently.  Unumb was selected for this award because of her ongoing successful advocacy for individuals with autism and their families, as well as her efforts to help applied behavior analysis (ABA) providers enrich and advance their service offerings.

CASP is a non-profit association of for-profit and not-for-profit agencies serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders. It is focused on advocacy, best practice development, and education.  CTABA is an industry group that represents approximately 2,000 licensed behavior analysts, board-certified behavior analysts, and registered behavior technicians in Connecticut.

“Lorri’s leadership and advocacy have directly resulted in the passage of state-level mandates for ABA insurance coverage in Connecticut and the development of a number of important professional resources for ABA organizations and business leaders.  Her efforts have truly made the world a better place for children with autism,” said Dr. Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, LA (CT & NY), executive director, Applied Behavioral Strategies, and board member, CTABA. “As CEO of CASP, she supports over 200 member agencies caring for more than 50,000 children and adults with autism across the United States.”

Unumb is an internationally renowned autism advocate who wrote ground-breaking autism insurance legislation for South Carolina (“Ryan’s Law”) that served as the catalyst for the national movement toward autism insurance reform. She is also the founder of the annual Autism Law Summit and is co-author of the law school textbook “Autism and the Law.” In 2010, she founded the Autism Academy of South Carolina, a nonprofit ABA center now known as The Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment. She spent ten years as the national head of state government affairs for Autism Speaks.

About the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis

CTABA was organized to promote increased educational professional development to behavioral professionals throughout the state. CTABA advocates for the ethical, humane, and effective application of behavior analytic principles across a range of behavioral consumers and in a variety of settings. The association’s goals include providing members with the highest quality continuing education, supporting networking opportunities, and promoting policies supporting behavior analysis.  For more information: https://ctaba.org/

About the Council of Autism Service Providers

The Council of Autism Service Providers is a non-profit association of for-profit and not-for-profit agencies serving individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. CASP supports its members by cultivating, sharing, and advocating for provider best practices in autism services. CASP member agencies employ approximately 50,000 professionals providing services to children and adults with autism across the United States. More information is available at www.casproviders.org.