Special Learning Is Very Proud to Add Colleen Anderson to Its Global Team as Director of Community Outreach
As the global autism prevalence rate continues to swell, nearly 70 million parents of children with autism stand helplessly by, as the sands of time takes away their child’s ability to attain independence and higher quality of life because they lack access to a life-altering Autism intervention called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
In the U.S. alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates released in mid- 2018, Autism Prevalence Rate has increased to 1 in 59 children. Using a global prevalence rate of 1 in 100, there’s a staggering 70 million children, adolescents, and adults with autism in the world!
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based behavioral intervention grounded in B.F. Skinner (often considered the grandfather of ABA) is universally considered the “gold standard” in Autism Intervention.
Tragically, with over 35,000 Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBAs) in the world, over 95% of whom practice in the United States, this life-changing intervention is not accessible by over 90% of the world’s population with Autism. In short, the world is currently seeing a supply/demand gap, the likes of which hasn’t been ever seen in recent times.
Special Learning, Inc. (SLI) was founded 9 years ago with a mission to use technology to “bring” ABA intervention to the furthest corners of the world — to democratize healthcare, first by bringing appropriate ABA training to parents to help them become their child’s’ therapist; next by developing comprehensive autism curriculum to enable parents to create and maintain ABA programs virtually. Special Learning is now working on developing a self-contained system called SL Connect, that allows a real-time peer to peer consultation. That tool, combined with a mixed-reality service delivery system, will truly allow Special Learning to achieve it’s ultimate goal of making ABA available to every person in the world that can benefit this life-changing intervention.
With the hiring of Colleen Anderson as Director of Community Outreach, SLI has officially designated its sister company, Ever Learning, as the comprehensive autism solutions for parents and educators around the world looking for quality Applied Behavior Analysis intervention training and education materials, and other evidence-based Autism Intervention to address issues including ADD/ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorders.
To increase Ever Learning’s penetration into the ever-growing parent and K to 12 education market, Colleen, with over 30 years of success connecting small and large communities as a leader and an influencer, is particularly equipped to excel in this role. Her lifelong passion to help the underserved and underrepresented population has now been transferred to helping parents of children, adolescents and adults with autism — all around the world.
About Special Learning, Inc.
Founded in 2010, Special Learning is a global network that provides training, curriculum, educational material, and virtual consultation/supervision to the autism and special needs community through its website, special-learning.com. The company is passionate about changing the lives of people with Autism and other special needs by helping teachers, parents and service providers with exceptional resources based on clinically proven Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles and methodologies. ABA therapy provides a proven track record of results that more subjectively administered therapies cannot match.
About Ever Learning
Ever Learning exists to provide the global autism community with highest quality training, education and teaching resources to support the learning needs of children, adolescents and adults with Autism and other special needs.
Ever Learning is a sister company of Special Learning, Inc., a company founded by an entrepreneur with a mission to help over 70 million people in the world living with autism acquire the skills they need to live happy, fulfilling lives.
While Special Learning focuses on professional development of highly trained and credentialed healthcare professionals like Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Speech Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists and Psychologists, Ever Learning is focused on parents, educators and other healthcare practitioners.