April is National Autism Awareness Month
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that autism spectrum
disorder continues to be the fastest-growing developmental disability in the
country, and the numbers are staggering. Approximately one in every 68 children
in the United States are diagnosed with autism.
numbers like these, it is likely everyone knows someone impacted by autism.
National Autism Awareness Month in April, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health stands
at the forefront to support, and strongly advocate for, individuals and
families living with autism, putting them on a path of greater independence and
involvement within their communities.
the number of individuals with autism we interact with on a daily basis
increases, we all need to lend our compassion and support to help these
their full potential not only to enrich their own lives, but ours, as well,”
said Devereux’s Executive Director of Autism Services Dr. Todd Harris. “Raising awareness in April is a great start,
and extending that interaction and support all year round is even more
disorder at a glance
CDC states that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability
that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.
CDC statistics reveal the staggering reach of autism:
- About 1 percent of the world population
has autism spectrum disorder.
- ASD is reported to occur in all racial,
ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
- ASD is about 4.5 times more common among
boys (one in 42) than among girls (one in 189).
- About one in six children in the U.S.
had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities
such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities,
such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.
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Devereux services cover
more than 60 years, Devereux has been a leading provider of autism services for children,
adolescents and adults. Over time, the nonprofit organization has made clinical
advancements – and incorporated the needs of families and behavioral healthcare
professionals – to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals
with ASD at all stages of life. Services follow evidence-based strategies,
such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Applied Behavior Analysis.
Children and adolescents
Transition-age young adults
- Stand-alone transition
providing instruction and support across work, community and home environments
for students ages 18 and older to assist them with the transition to adulthood.
“At every point on the autism spectrum,
individuals and families living with autism need innovative programs and services
to help them enhance quality of life and achieve productive, positive and
socially connected lives,” noted Harris. “At Devereux, we partner closely with
parents, schools and communities to help make this a reality.”
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Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s autism programs and services.
American Heart Association recognizes Devereux for workplace health achievement
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) for achieving silver level recognition in the AHA’s 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index. The honor recognizes Devereux’s actions to build a culture of health and wellness in the workplace.
Devereux Pennsylvania brings smiles to faces with back-to-school drive
For the third consecutive year, employees at the Devereux Pennsylvania Community Services center secured donations - and conducted a back-to-school drive - that benefited more than 300 youth served by the organization’s local outpatient programs.
How Denver's Open-Access Clinic Can Save Lives of Suicidal Teens and More
There are plenty of obstacles to treatment for children, teens and other members of lower-income families struggling with mental-health issues. That's why Devereux Colorado is trying something new every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an open-access clinic, for potential patients in need of psychological care.
Helping individuals in crisis: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
The American Association of Suicidology reports that, in the U.S., nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide in 2016. In addition, the organization said suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, with an average of one person taking his or her own life every 11.7 minutes.
Direct Support Professionals Week: Devereux honors its DSPs
At Devereux, direct support professionals are the backbone of our organization. During Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week - September 9-15 - Devereux celebrates its 3,400 DSPs, as they bring hope, healing and joy to the individuals we serve every day.
Devereux California celebrates adults with special needs during annual event
More than 200 guests participated in Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California’s 18th annual “Devereux Day” event on August 11 in Goleta, Calif.