By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D
Founding Editor, bSci21.org
Mark Mautone, a lead teacher in the Applied Behavior Analysis/Special Education Department in Hoboken Public Schools, was honored at the White House, along with 54 other “Teachers of the Year” last week. Mautone, who holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University, founded ITPADD, a tech start-up that provides instructional technologies for individuals with autism and other disabilities, as well as their families and teachers.
Mautone is also the only educator invited to showcase his work with ITPADD at the annual Macworld/iWorld conference in San Francisco. He is joined by nationally-renowned leaders in industry, technology, and the arts. Matuone’s focus is on developing apps to take advantage of mobile technology for individuals with disabilities and is a strong advocate for teachers to obtain formal graduate training in ABA due to its demonstrated utility for positive behavior change.
More details on Obama’s speech as well as specific apps designed by ITPADD can be found in the hyperlinks above.
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Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D is President of bSci21 Media, LLC, which owns bSci21.org and BAQuarterly.com. Todd serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and as an editorial board member for Behavior and Social Issues. He has worked as a behavior analyst in day centers, residential providers, homes, and schools, and served as the director of Behavior Analysis Online at the University of North Texas. Todd’s areas of expertise include writing, entrepreneurship, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Instructional Design, Organizational Behavior Management, and ABA therapy. Todd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.