Tampa, FL –- The Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP), a leading voice in autism advocacy, today launched registration for the 2023 Annual Conference. The CASP conference differs from other conferences in that it focuses on the efficient administration and operation of autism service provider organizations. This conference provides extraordinary educational opportunities, as well as time for attendees and their teams to network with like-minded leadership teams from across the country who may be facing very similar challenges.

Among the sessions in this year’s conference, the Autism Commission on Quality (ACQ) will be hosting an in-person only workshop for healthcare organizations interested in learning more about ACQ’s accreditation program. Details are below:

Title: Autism Commission on Quality (ACQ) Accreditation Workshop for Healthcare Organizations

Location: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Tampa Florida (Audubon Ballroom)
Date: Monday, April 24, 2023
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (ET)
Fees: $85 (CASP Members), $150 (non-CASP Members)
Registration Link: https://behaviorlive.com/casp/registration


Individuals impacted by autism deserve access to the highest level of care to help them reach their full potential. Interventions based in applied behavior analysis (ABA) are widely recognized by numerous scientific, professional, and governmental organizations as the most effective form of treatment for autism. However, there are significant barriers preventing patients from accessing high-quality ABA services. These challenges range from provider expertise and availability to misplaced financial incentives to standardization of practices within the industry. The field is at a critical juncture where it needs to embrace quality standards from a trusted source. The Autism Commission on Quality (ACQ) is the only non-profit accreditation program for applied behavior analysis (ABA) service providers. ACQ accreditation is a designation of quality available to any eligible healthcare organization regardless of their membership status with the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). During this interactive educational session, attendees will be introduced to ACQ’s accreditation standards and the application process.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the purpose and function of accreditation in promoting quality services
  2. Understand the barriers preventing access to quality applied behavior analysis services
  3. Explain the process used to develop ACQ’s accreditation standards for healthcare organizations
  4. Conceptualize the standards in the context of their organization
  5. Identify the steps involved in preparing and applying for ACQ accreditation


This workshop is designed for senior executives and compliance team members overseeing quality controls within healthcare organizations offering applied behavior analysis services to individuals with autism.


Erick Dubuque, Ph.D, LBA, BCBA-D

Erick Dubuque is the Vice President of Accreditation with the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). In this role, he oversees the Autism Commission on Quality’s (ACQ) industry-wide accreditation system designed to promote quality care for individuals receiving applied behavior analysis services. Dr. Dubuque is a former assistant professor with over a decade of experience coordinating graduate training programs in applied behavior analysis domestically and internationally. His professional, voluntary, and scholarly activities have centered around quality control in the training and application of behavior analysis. Dr. Dubuque is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (Kenya), 4-time recipient of the Faculty Favorite Award at the University of Louisville, and is a past recipient of the Bazemore, Edwards and Warner Award for his leadership promoting social justice issues for the LGBTQ community.

Garry Carneal, JD, MA

Garry Carneal founded Schooner Strategies in 2007 to serve as an incubator of ideas, programs and organizations. He is a leading expert in health care having researched, written and published extensively on quality, medical management, information technology and regulatory trends. He has established a track record helping trade associations, accreditation organizations, nonprofits and other health-related businesses scale nationally. Throughout his career, Garry has brought to market over 20 accreditation programs that have been recognized by 45 states and three federal agencies. He serves on numerous boards and committees in support of improving the U.S. health care system. Garry received an undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University, a master’s degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

For more information on the conference, full agenda and to register, please visit: https://behaviorlive.com/casp/home