Timeline: The Politics & Marketing Behind The Autism Epidemic

Timeline: The Politics & Marketing Behind The Autism Epidemic

Timeline: Early Years | 80s | 90s | 00s | 10s | 20s

Note: The timeline is still in the process of being updated. [Last updated September 1, 2022]

Autism Politics & Initiatives

The Autism Market

Grants , Funded Projects & Money Raised

Pivotal

Marketing & Media Attention

Organizations & Companies

Autistic Community & Allies

1959

  • 1959

    ABA Origins

    The beginnings of ABA can be traced back to Teodoro Ayllon and Jack Michael’s study “The psychiatric nurse as a behavioral engineer” (1959) that they published in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB). 

    Ayllon and Michael were training the staff and nurses at a psychiatric hospital how to use a token economy based on the principles of operant conditioning for patients with schizophrenia and intellectual disability, which led to researchers at the University of Kansas to start the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) in 1968.

1965

1968

1975

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