Creating an environment in

which exceptional people can

think BIG, have FUN, do GOOD

Creating an environment in which exceptional people can think big, have fun, & do good


Expanding access to high- quality care for over 15 years

As a leader in autism services in North Carolina, our founder, Denise DeCandia, has long been a pioneer in expanding access to care.

Originally from Long Island (and a passionate Mets fan), Denise began her career in autism services splitting her time between ABA services for young children in home settings and severe maladaptive behavior treatment for adults in a group home setting. She was quickly drawn to the power of ABA as an evidence-based, intensive intervention and its ability to help children access greater opportunity for independence and autonomy. Ever since, Denise has dedicated her life to expanding access to high-quality ABA services. 

Today, CCABA is proud to be the leading provider of ABA services in North Carolina. Building on a central theme of CCABA’s history, the organization continues to believe that strong clinicians are critical to strong outcomes. With that, CCABA consistently invests heavily in training its clinical team and maintains a commitment to upholding the highest professional standards. Additionally, we continue a core belief that diversity make us stronger, both in terms of our team mates as well as the clients we serve.

Our Values

Shaping the lives around us

CCABA is a mission-driven organization, dedicated to improving the lives of our clients, and their families. As a Public Benefit Corporation, CCABA endeavors to always further its mission of expanding access to high-quality ABA treatment and autism services. Our values are not just printed on paper or posted on the walls – they are our guiding light in all that we do, and we live them through our decisions, actions, and interactions, every single day.

  • Enabling access to high-quality care
  • Delivering remarkable outcomes and exceeding client expectations
  • Advancing and disseminating the practice of behavior analysis
  • Promoting a diverse and inclusive society that enables access to broader opportunities for all stakeholders
  • Promoting a culture of ownership, accountability & proactive problem solving (“if it is to be, it’s up to me”)
  • Enabling and fostering an inclusive meritocracy
  • Continuously striving to improve ourselves and the organization
  • Driving professional development through apprenticeship & mentorship
  • Valuing individuals and respecting outside commitments
  • Consistently high-integrity, striving to do the right thing in a manner that is honest, ethical, and genuine
  • Maintaining client and fellow employee confidentiality
  • Committing to teamwork and open communication
  • Actively practicing intellectual humility (“strong opinions, weakly held”)
  • Adhering to evidence-based practices & data-based decision making

Building a safe community

At CCABA, we strive to build a community where all members feel safe. We believe that opportunity should be accessible to all and that our work to create an environment in which exceptional people can think big, have fun, and do good is predicated on engaging team members with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, irrespective of age, race, gender, gender identity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or neurological functioning. Prejudicial discrimination of any kind and in any form is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
When any CCABA key stakeholder (i.e., client, client family member/ caregiver, employee, partner) is accused of discriminatory behavior, an internal review committee will review all known details and respond with a resolution and corrective action as necessary, including the potential to separate (e.g., refer out, terminate employment).
All possible issues of discrimination should be reported immediately to our CEO, Keith Laabs ([email protected]com).

Our service areas

Here for you and your loved ones - clinic, home, or school

The staff of CCABA is able to provide in-home or clinic-based services to clients located in the Triangle, Charlotte, and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For specific information about services for your child, contact the staff at the clinic location closest to your home.
Committed to successful outcomes, our leadership team upholds the highest standards.