Mission: Our goal is to understand the reasons behind challenging behavior and enable the individuals we serve to live in natural settings with full positive and valued community participation.
Co-founded in 1981 by Dr. Gary LaVigna and Dr. Thomas Willis, IABA provides a wide range of services to both children and adults with developmental disabilities including those with challenging behavior. IABA is committed to providing the most advanced and quality services. Our goal is to assure the highest quality of life possible for the individuals we serve by enabling them to live in natural settings with full, positive and valued community presence and participation. Services provided to adults include supported employment and supported living.
IABA co-founders, Drs. LaVigna and Willis, have shared their knowledge and expertise to nearly 100,000 people in over a dozen countries on six continents. These trainings have been made available, and assessable to mental health and medical professionals, administrators, educators and other professionals, as well as service recipients, families, and direct service professionals. While a pioneer in competency-based training for direct service professionals, Drs. LaVigna and Willis have also assisted human service and educational agencies in developing management systems designed to enhance their managerial abilities when formal management training practices have been limited. In doing so, hundreds of organizations with a wide range of resources, both financial and human, have improved the quality of services they provide to individuals with developmental disabilities world-wide.
• The Golden Rule
• The continuous process of becoming
…for the people we serve
…for our agency
• Seeing failure as an opportunity
• Organizational excellence
• Management and staff competence
• Focus on outcomes
• Exceeding expectation of the people and families we serve
• Fiscal health
• Using only positive behavioral strategies, when necessary, to support valued place in the community
• Real, positive relationships between staff and the people we serve
To provide the most advanced and highest possible quality services in support of people challenged by a developmental disability. Our goal is to assure the highest quality of life possible for the people we serve by enabling them to live regular lives in natural settings with full, positive and valued community presence and participation. In accordance with our mission, this includes people who have challenging behavior as well as people who do not.
To develop and pioneer the use of positive, state of the art behavioral strategies in support of our vision, mission and values.
Dissemination and Education
To be active nationally and internationally as a source for training and consultation in the areas of positive behavioral support, instructional strategies and total quality assurance systems.
To take advantage of the growth and expansion opportunities consistent with our mission in Southern California, Northern California and nationally, but only at a pace and with identified management resources that assure our reputation as the best.
Contribution to Society
To successfully introduce quality products and services that contribute to society and to the lives of people. These products and services include positive behavioral support, instructional strategies and total quality assurance systems.
Focused on the People We Serve, our Employees, and our Reputation and Fiscal Health
• Person-centered services
• Empowerment of the individual
• Positive and valued community presence and participation
• Positive relationships with family, friends and neighbors
• Good quality of life
• Outstanding employees who enjoy their work, build good relationships with
the people we serve, excel in their jobs and work together with managers
who are empowering
• Working conditions that foster constant improvement and open communication
• Salaries in top 10% for comparable positions state-wide
• Support of the employee and their family
• Consumer-centered, consumer first
• Leader in providing quality services in support of people striving to achieve
valued roles and life styles
• Support of people with challenging behavior to maximize quality of life
• Pioneer in the development and use of exclusively positive behavioral
strategies, in support of our mission, vision and values.
• Management excellence
• Retained earnings maintained at a minimum of 50% of total assets
• 5% of gross revenues contributed to retained earnings each year
• Cost of central office no more than 10% of total expenses
IABA, a leader in the field of non-aversive behavior management, provides a variety of services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Services provided include behavior management day services, supported employment, supported living, behavioral consultation and educational services. All employees receive paid Competency Based Training. Most positions require a reliable vehicle, valid California driver's license, current auto insurance, DMV Driver History report, Live Scan Background Clearance as well as CPR and First Aid Certifications. Please review individual postings for specific requirements.
I have been working at Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis full-time (More than a year)
Lots of training, learning, and playing with kids! Getting to work in different settings with lots of supervisors and other staff. Lots of opportunities for growth
Driving to sites, but unavoidable
Advice to Management
Love the groups/trainings and getting to spend time learning with fellow employees
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (Oakland, CA) in June 2013.
a couple of interview
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