April 12, 2024 Innovations in Autism Webinar – Guardians of Safety: Empowering Parents, Caregivers, and Service Providers to Prioritize Safety in Autism Interventions

Tune in on Friday, April 12, 2024; 12:00-1:00pm ET for the second installment of our Innovations in Autism FREE webinar series in partnership with Autism New Jersey. View additional webinar topics here.

This webinar is dedicated to guiding parents, caregivers, and service providers to prioritize safety within autism interventions. Attendees will learn ways to create secure environments and teach important safety skills. Autism New Jersey will provide information about their collaboration with law enforcement to enhance safety in the community for people with autism.


Cortney DeBiase, MA, BCBA, has worked with individuals with autism since 2009, currently serving as the principal of Alpine Learning Group’s education program. She is also a novice teacher mentor and a BCBA mentor. Cortney holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Kean University and her Principal Certification from Montclair University. She has co authored an article about stimulus control of problem behavior. Her research interests include increasing independence and transition to adulthood, and she has shared her work on this topic at conferences throughout the country and internationally, including the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and Autism New Jersey’s Transition Conference.

Doreen Yanik, Esq., has coordinated various initiatives designed to bridge gaps between law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and underserved and vulnerable communities throughout her years of law enforcement experience. Doreen served on Chief Justice Rabner’s Interbranch Advisory Committee on Mental Health Issues and the Union County Human Relations Commission and was appointed to the Union County Mental Health Board. One of her proudest accomplishments was introducing and coordinating statewide law enforcement trainings on safe and effective law enforcement interaction with the autism community in 2013 with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and 2014 with sponsorship from County Prosecutors’ Association of New Jersey (CPANJ). She also was successful in adding autism training to the police recruit curriculum at the John Stamler Police Academy and coordinating local law enforcement and first responder in-service autism trainings.