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April is Autism Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 68 children in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

April is Autism Awareness Month. As more children are being diagnosed with ASD than ever before, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California stands at the forefront to support individuals throughout Santa Barbara County who have been diagnosed with ASD, and their families, in the development of communication, social and independence skills needed to realize fulfilling, productive and socially connected lives.

“The supports and services Devereux provides for individuals with autism have become much more effective, and these supports are occurring more frequently in natural environments, such as schools, community settings and employment sites,” explained Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Executive Director of Autism Services Dr. Todd Harris. “Autism Awareness Month is an important avenue for community education. As the number of individuals with autism we interact with on a daily basis increases, it is critical that our communities continue to learn more about autism – and the amazing potential individuals with autism possess.”

What is autism spectrum disorder?

The CDC states that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (one in 42) than among girls (one in 189). In addition, ASD now encompasses several conditions that, in the past, had been diagnosed separately, including: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified and Asperger syndrome. Click here to learn more.

Devereux California lifespan autism services

For more than 60 years, Devereux California has been a leading provider of autism services for adults and their families. Since this time, Devereux has made clinical advancements and incorporated the needs of families and behavioral healthcare professionals to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for adults with ASD.

Our programs follow evidence-based strategies – such as positive behavioral supports and applied behavior analysis – and include the following areas of care:


“Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s autism programs and services emphasize enhancing each individual’s and each family’s quality of life through the provision of effective, individualized and community-based services,” added Harris. “Our mission is to support individuals so they can unlock their full potential to live happy and productive lives within their own communities.”

“Raising awareness about ASD reveals the unique needs and abilities of these individuals who have no choice in their diagnoses,” added Devereux California Executive Director Amy Evans. “Everyone deserves an opportunity to have a meaningful life.”


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