Leading National Behavioral Healthcare Provider

Call 1-800-345-1292


Promoting inclusion

Tweet Share on LinkedIn Send email Print

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Promoting inclusion

March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” 

While there has been significant and positive change in the decades since, many challenges remain for this vulnerable population.  

At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we are unrelenting advocates for individuals living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences, and strongly believe this population can make a positive difference in their communities, if given the opportunity to unlock their human potential. 

“Devereux strives to meet the unique needs of the individuals we serve by providing compassionate care and treatment, and empowering children and adults to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham, M.D. “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity to educate our communities about the challenges facing this population, and to teach the importance of inclusion in every aspect of a person’s life.”  

Expanding the conversation: #DDAwareness19

Recent estimates show that about one in six children in the U.S., between the ages of three and 17 (or about 15 percent), have one or more developmental disabilities.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developmental disabilities are defined as impairments in physical, learning, language or behavior areas, and include:  

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Learning or intellectual disabilities
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision impairment
  • Other developmental delays 

Each year, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) holds a campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to raise awareness about developmental disabilities, communicate the importance of inclusion and share stories of individuals with disabilities. To expand the conversation of inclusion and accessibility, the NACDD is encouraging the public to share stories, photos, videos and resources about topics such as education, employment and community living on social media throughout the month of March – using the Twitter hashtag #DDAwareness19. The NACDD wants to showcase the work being done to celebrate and improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.  

Devereux provides support across all stages of life

As part of Devereux’s continuum of care, the nonprofit provides innovative programs and services for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Just of few of these programs include: 

  • Residential treatment settings provide resources – for those who may need 24-hour care – to help meet an individual's treatment, social and educational goals. These residential programs improve quality of life and offer the potential to return home or progress to community-based residential living.
  • Community-based living offers more independent living options for individuals to reside within their communities, whether in group homes, lifesharing or supported apartments.
  • Outpatient/specialized services are designed to meet an individual's treatment needs in the least restrictive environment possible. Services may include: wrap around, respite, clinical and educational assessments, family counseling, medication management and parent and sibling consultations.
  • Special education day schools offer innovative educational programs within a structured environment that prepare students for returning to their local educational communities.
  • Therapeutic foster care support a diverse population of at-risk children and their families. Services range from intensive clinical intervention, traditional foster care, respite services and case management for children in the foster care system.
  • Employment and transition services provide support to transition-age youth and adults, and include prevocational training, community-supported employment and pre-employment day programs.  

Click here to learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and how we can help your loved ones achieve their full potential.

  

Latest News

Eliska Smiga   Celebrating Pride Month: Devereux Texas team member shares journey of transition

From an early age, Devereux Texas Information Systems Manager Eliska Smiga knew she was different, but it was not until September 2020, three months before her 40th birthday, that she officially came out as transgender.

Lifestyle Magazine   Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine spotlights Devereux’s efforts to support child sex trafficking survivors

Read this Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine article spotlighting Devereux Florida’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children program, which provides comprehensive treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced emotional, physical or sexual trauma.

Devereux   Devereux’s Champions Conference sparks belonging, connection

Devereux’s recent Servant Leadership and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Champions Conference provided nearly 50 emerging leaders - selected as Servant Leadership Champions/Champions-in-Training and DEI Champions - the opportunity to connect with each other during a three-day event.

Somerset Patriots   Devereux New Jersey provides autism training to Somerset Patriots staff

Devereux New Jersey recently provided autism training and support to front-office staff of the Somerset Patriots minor league baseball team. Devereux New Jersey’s clinical team held two, hourlong virtual training sessions on how to best support individuals and families living with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

school supplies   Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS collects school supplies for Widener Partnership Charter School

Team members at Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services (CIDDS) center recently collected school supplies for students and teachers at Widener Partnership Charter School in Chester, Pa.

Healthcare Hero   Celebrating Devereux’s Healthcare Heroes: Spotlight on Devereux Texas Assistant Program Manager Irma Torres

At Devereux, our employees are at the heart of everything we do - and are key to our success. Learn how Devereux Texas Assistant Program Manager Irma Torres is serving and inspiring others every day.

leadership class   Devereux helps employees achieve leadership potential through yearlong program

At Devereux, we are committed to helping our team members enhance their knowledge and abilities, and achieve their leadership potential. Devereux’s Leadership Class program, a yearlong class project, allows participants to explore the essence of effective leadership; define their own unique leadership qualities; and develop the skills needed to become high performing leaders.

foster parents   Devereux MA/RI foster parents provide safe, supportive environment for youth in need

Since 2017, Sheila Castillo and her husband, Yusel Rivera, have fostered five children through Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and in July 2021, they adopted one of the children in their care, Natalia.

Lisa Kroger   Devereux Florida Executive Director Lisa Kroger named one of Orlando Family Magazine’s ‘Super Women’

Devereux Florida Executive Director Lisa Kroger was recently selected as one of Orlando Family Magazine’s 2022 “Super Women” as a result of her extensive experience as a child and family advocate. Each year, the magazine honors women who are committed to making a positive impact in the community.

Lauren Penrod   Working and thriving: Devereux Pennsylvania’s CAAPP program helps Lauren Penrod achieve success

Working two jobs, Lauren Penrod, who receives services through Devereux Pennsylvania, has one goal: to continue to learn as many new skills as possible. Lauren has been employed at T.J. Maxx department store in Abington, Pa. since 2015, and in 2021, she took on a second job at Giant supermarket in Doylestown, Pa.


More Stories