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CalABA Honors Autism Speaks' Lorri Unumb with Leadership in Advocacy Award

MORRO BAY, CA (February 22, 2012) -- The California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) has named Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speak's vice president for state government affairs, as the recipient of its 2012  Leadership in Advocacy Award.

The presentation was made at  CalABA's annual conference on  February 17 at the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove. The award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing the science and practice of behavior analysis by influencing public policy.

"It would be difficult to overstate the positive difference (Unumb has) made in the lives of thousands of Californians diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and their families," said CalABA President Jill M.. Young, Ph.D., BCBA-D.

Referring to Unumb's work in helping to craft California's 2011 autism insurance reform law, Young said, "You, personally, were crucial to producing an outcome that will (now) permit many children, adolescents, and adults access to high quality ABA treatment....We feel fortunate to have you and Autism Speaks as allies in changing public policy to better the lives of those with special needs."