“When I started working with kids over 30 years ago, I did not intend to be a business owner”
Founded in 1990 by Mila Amerine Dickens in Modesto, California, CVAP originally established its excellent clinical reputation as a replication site for Dr. Ivar Lovaas’ early research into the efficacy of ABA for individuals with autism. Since then, Amerine Dickens and her team have partnered with schools, California regional centers, academic institutions, and other advocates to build capacity in significantly underserved communities.
“When I started working with kids over 30 years ago, I did not intend to be a business owner,” said Amerine Dickens. “However, at the time Dr. Lovaas’s seminal 1987 study was becoming more public, autism was on the rise, and I was compelled to carry forward his work to help children in our community with autism. As I look back, our community, schools, and regional centers worked together to do something groundbreaking for the ABA field that was presented at numerous conferences and published in large-scale research articles. For the past few years, I’ve contemplated the future of CVAP, and Kadiant is a perfect fit to carry forward our mission.”
“CVAP, and Mila specifically, are pioneers in the development of autism services. Over the years, the CVAP team has contributed to the evidence base of ABA intervention effectiveness, and it has successfully partnered with all stakeholders across Central Valley’s communities to build capacity where none existed. Kadiant is honored to carry forward this incredible legacy,” said Lani Fritts, CEO of Kadiant.
Amerine Dickens will continue as an advisor to Kadiant. The CVAP team will work closely with KOI and IBS to share best practices and integrate operations and services across the Kadiant organization.