March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
According to the Association of Councils on
Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), more than 5 million Americans have a
is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Devereux Advanced Behavioral
Health strongly supports and works to promote the inclusion of individuals living
with emotional, behavioral and cognitive disabilities – as full members of
Theme: Life Side by
In an effort to raise awareness about
individuals with developmental disabilities, the
NACDD, Association of
University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) National Disability Rights Network
(NDRN) are launching a social
media campaign to highlight the ways in which people with and without
developmental disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.
Showcasing the theme “Life Side
by Side” – and the Twitter hashtag #DDAwareness17 – the campaign hopes to generate an understanding of the
barriers individuals with disabilities face when connecting to the communities
in which they live.
What are developmental
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developmental
a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or
behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may
impact day-to-day functioning, and typically continues throughout a person’s
addition, the CDC states that, in the United States, about one in six (15
percent) children, ages three through 17, have one or more developmental
disabilities, such as: attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism
spectrum disorder, Cerebral Palsy, a learning or intellectual disability, or
hearing loss or vision impairment.
inclusion through employment
part of Devereux’s continuum of services, our centers* provide
personal growth opportunities for adults with intellectual and/or developmental
disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, emotional and/or behavioral
differences, and brain injuries. Just a few of these programs include:
and vocational day programs teach hands-on job
skills, social skills and communications competencies.
- Community-supported employment helps individuals
achieve independence through community-based jobs using normal community
resources, while focusing on the unique strengths of each person.
- Community-based living / residential programs – Community-based homes
and apartments enable individuals to learn important life skills designed to
increase their ability to live as independently as possible within their
network of clinical, therapeutic, educational and employment programs
positively impacts the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults – and
their families – every year,” said Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Senior Vice President and
Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marilyn Benoit.
“The ultimate goal of our supported employment and vocational programs is to help
individuals become productive and socially connected and personally fulfilled
members of their local communities.”
here to learn more about Devereux Advanced
* Center programs and
services vary by state.
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Devereux celebrates teachers and nurses during recognition weeks
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Adoption brings the gift of family to four siblings in foster care
Donna and Sharicka McHenry were satisfied with their lives in Phoenix, Ariz., but something was missing. “We always wanted children,” said Donna. “We wanted one of our own, but we also knew we would go through the foster care process because there are nearly 18,000 children living in the child welfare system in Arizona.” The couple are now parents to four siblings who previously were in foster care.
Devereux Announces 2018 Retirement of President and CEO,
Robert Q. Kreider
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, recently announced that Robert Q. Kreider, President and CEO, will retire in January 2018, following more than 20 years of extraordinary service.
Nearly 300 attend N.Y. screening of Oscar-nominated movie Life, Animated
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s special screening of the movie Life, Animated was presented to a near sell-out crowd on February 13 in Pelham, N.Y. The event, held in partnership with The Picture House, was followed by a Q&A session with Ron and Cornelia Suskind, the parents featured in the film.
How Art and a Zoo Help Students with Differences Learn Positive and Healing Behaviors
When working to improve educational outcomes for students with learning differences, it is essential to focus on cultivating behaviors that will equip each student to reach his or her true potential. At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Leo Kanner Learning Center, creative forms of learning are taking center stage when it comes to building confidence, generating positive behaviors and putting children with differences on a level playing field.
New Social Enterprise Aperture Education Focuses on Students’ Social and Emotional Competence
Assessment company Apperson, Inc., and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children a prevention-focused service of the nonprofit organization Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health today announced the launch of a new company, Aperture Education, that provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help schools and out-of-school-time organizations address the whole child.
Devereux leaders featured in FFTA newsletter; share insight into launching a rebrand
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health leaders Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Clark were featured in a recent issue of the Family Focused Treatment Association’s newsletter - FOCUS. The topic: launching an organizational rebrand.
||Dr. Barry McCurdy elected to APBS Board of Directors
Devereux Center for Effective Schools Director Dr. Barry McCurdy was recently appointed to the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) Board of Directors. Dr. McCurdy was elected by his peers to serve a three-year term (2017-2020).