Centre for Applied Disability Studies



Caitlin Freeman Thesis Defence

Using HeadSprout Early reading with a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An examination of phonological awareness, participant enjoyment.
When: December 10, 2014 - 1:00pm
Location: Plaza 500A



CADS 4th edition ABA Course Sequence gets BACB APPROVAL!

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination®. In addition to completion of their course sequence, applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify to write the exam per the BCBA requirements at their time of application (e.g. supervised experience). The courses in CADS BCBA APPROVED SEQUENCE include, ADST 5P70, ADST 5P71, ADST 5P72, ADST 5P73, ADST 5P74, ADST 5P75, ADST 5P76, and ADST 5P42 or ADST 5V70 (electives-students are required to take only one of these two options).

This approval means that, when graduates from the CADS MA, MADS, and Diploma ABA stream programs apply for BCBA certification, they will not be required to submit specific course information as our course sequence is approved. The on-line application will allow you to select Brock University and then select the course numbers that you have taken from a pull-down menu. The interim measures & memo put into place for students who graduated in June 2014 with the new sequence are no longer required. However, when you upload your coursework before the 4th Edition Task list takes effect on January 1, 2015, you will see a message that states, "You have NOT entered a sufficient number of hours to meet the BACB coursework Requirements."  This is  a known bug in the application system, as it is still configured to accept 3rd Edition Task List Course Sequences. Do not be concerned, the BACB is aware of this, and I received the following correspondence from our contact,

"The online application only reflects the standards under which applicants are currently qualifying, which is the 3rd Edition. If a student has completed an entire 4th Edition sequence, we will accept that as having met the 3rd Edition requirements. However, the system doesn't “know” that and may say they don’t have enough hours, especially in assessment. The system will allow anyone to continue through and submit their application even if they appear not to have met the coursework requirements. Our staff members know to accept 4th Edition sequences when they are processing transcripts."  

Please rest assured that these are typical glitches during a transition period, and happen to most, if not all, 4th edition sequence grads from other universities as well.  If you have any further questions related to BCBA course sequence can be directed to Dr. Rosemary Condillac.

CADS In the News

Master's student research helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - complete article available here.

Brock researchers help autistic youth develop communication and social skills - complete article available here.
October Podcast: Autism with Dr. Dr. Maureen Connolly, Dr. Kimberly Maich, Dr. Rebecca Ward - available here.


CADS Congratulates

Congratulations to Dr. Dorothy Griffiths on receiving the Order of Canada.  Dr. Griffiths has devoted her career to bettering the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and has now been recognized for her hard work at a ceremony in Ottawa.

Congratulations to Dr. Maurice Feldman who is the recipient of the Brock University Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding research achievements, contributions toward the training of future researchers, and consistency in scholarly or creative performance.

Congratulations to Dr. Maurice Feldman who is the recipient of the South-West Disability Conference Award (USA) for National Distinguished Disabilities Researcher.

Congratulations to Dr. Tricia Vause (prinicipal investigator) and Dr. Maurice Feldman (co-investigator), who received a research grant from the provincial Centre of Excellence in Children and Youth Mental Health. The grant is to support the evaluation of an innovative multimodal therapy for Obessive-Compulsive Disorder in children and youth with High Functioning Autism or Asperger syndrome.


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