Sage Professor Receives Champion of Hope Award

Dana ReineckeDana Reinecke, chair and assistant professor of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at The Sage Colleges, is being honored with the Long Island-based ELIJA Foundation’s 2011 Champion of Hope award. The ELIJA (an acronym for Empowering Long Island’s Journey through Autism) Foundation strives to improve the quality of programs and services available to children with autism, by providing training on the most advanced treatment and educational strategies that maximize the potential of those affected by autism. Reinecke is recognized for her continued research, efforts and advocacy. Most recently she was instrumental in the creation of the Achieve Degree at Sage, a bachelor's degree program delivered online designed to meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders and other learning disabilities.

Reinecke has also been invited to present at numerous events this fall including the Iowa-based Heartland Area Education Agency’s conference on “Building Partnerships to Promote Independence in Students with Autism,” and the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis annual conference. As there are no ABA programs in Hawaii, educators rely on online programs, such as Sage's online master's degree in ABA and Autism, which Reinecke also heads.