It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that the HABA Executive Board has had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our 2020 conference scheduled for October in Bloomington, Indiana. It is not a decision that we came to lightly. There were many variables that ultimately led to the decision to cancel, but the main one is the health and safety of our members. There are just too many unknown factors about COVID-19 and not enough answers about the upcoming months for us to feel comfortable continuing to plan this conference.
Additionally, as we have said in prior correspondence, we came into 2020 fiscally challenged due to the cost of the lobbyist for licensure, which is a cost that we shared with IN-PEAT. We needed more sponsors in 2020 than in years past to make up for the cost of trying to obtain licensure. Given the current state of the economy and the struggles businesses are facing, we recognize this was going to be a near impossibility. There is no way to sugarcoat the situation HABA is in. Our only revenue is through membership and conference attendance. We still need the support of our members to help HABA make it into 2021. We have posted previously recorded presentations from our 2018 conference and are still collecting donations to help fund the lobbyist, even though we did not obtain licensure this year. We are working with the Monroe County Convention Center with the hopes that we can host our 2021 conference in Bloomington.
The executive board would still like members to find value in membership, and to obtain CE through HABA. Consider watching the recorded presentations on our website, and please consider purchasing the reasonably priced CEUs offered to help support HABA’s future endeavors.
We invite you all to join us for our first Hoosier Happy Hour Friday, May 8, from 12–1 pm EDT. This will be the first of several Zoom meetings we would like to schedule monthly until it is deemed safe and appropriate for us to resume in-person meetings. The topic will be selected prior to each event, and a basic registration will be required to receive the link. The event will be conducted in roundtable format. Our first topic will be telehealth and things to consider for soft re-openings of behavior analytic services. More information on the format of the event will follow. Please email HABA-Secretary@abainternational.org for the link to participate.
This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone. We are all in the same boat but experiencing different types of storms. We hope that this message finds you healthy and safe. We will get through this together. Thank you for your continued support of HABA.
Amber Badgett, MA, BCBA
President of HABA