Assembly Concurrent Resolution
No. 35

Introduced by Assembly Member Calderon

March 06, 2023

Relative to World Behavior Analysis Day.


ACR 35, as introduced, Calderon. World Behavior Analysis Day.
This measure would designate March 20, 2023, as World Behavior Analysis Day.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The profession of behavior analysis is a natural science of behavior that was first developed in the 1930s; and
WHEREAS, Behavior analytic researchers use the methods of the basic science, the experimental analysis of behavior, to address questions about how behavior works and how it changes; and
WHEREAS, Starting in the 1940s and 1950s, some behavioral scientists showed that the principles and procedures discovered by early researchers could be used to build useful skills in people with developmental and psychiatric disorders; and
WHEREAS, Early applied behavior analysts implemented interventions in schools, homes, and other everyday settings, emphasizing the use of positive reinforcement to help individuals improve behaviors that were important to them and to those with whom they interacted; and
WHEREAS, The discipline has grown substantially so that behavior analysis is now a robust field with theoretical, experimental, and applied branches and distinct research methods, scientific journals, textbooks, scholarly and professional organizations, and university training programs; and
WHEREAS, Thousands of studies published in scientific journals have demonstrated the efficacy of many applied behavior analysis (ABA) procedures, singly and in various combinations, for building useful skills and reducing behaviors that impede healthy, successful functioning in many clinical and nonclinical populations; and
WHEREAS, The practice of ABA is a distinct profession with well-established, widely recognized professional and paraprofessional practitioner standards and credentials; and
WHEREAS, The State of California first recognized the profession of behavior analysis in 2004; and
WHEREAS, Worldwide celebrations will be held on and around March 20, 2023, to commemorate the profession of behavior analysis; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates March 20, 2023, as World Behavior Analysis Day in California, and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.