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August Awareness   Planning a summer vacation: Travel tips for families of children with disabilities

Planning on taking to the skies or hitting the open road this summer? Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, offers tips for families of children with disabilities to ensure a safe and successful trip.

power of empathy   Watch these video series on the power of empathy, overcoming toxic positivity

Practicing empathy can help you build stronger relationships, manage your emotions and foster greater compassion. The Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers free video series on the power of empathy and how to avoid toxic positivity.

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.

Pride Month   Pride Month video: Devereux team members share what #DevereuxPride means to them

In recognition of Pride Month in June, team members from Devereux centers across the country share what #DevereuxPride means to them.

Mental Health Awareness Month   Mental Health Awareness Month: Make your mental health a priority

There has never been a more important time to make your mental health a priority. Learn coping strategies for managing stress and building resiliency.

April Awareness   Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month: Helping youth, adults with autism reach their full potential

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Learn how Devereux is helping children, adolescents and adults with autism lead fulfilling, productive and socially-connected lives.

April Awareness   Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month: Helping youth, adults with autism reach their full potential

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Learn how Devereux is helping children, adolescents and adults with autism lead fulfilling, productive and socially-connected lives.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month   Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Helping individuals with disabilities achieve their dreams

In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, learn how Devereux is helping youth and adults with developmental disabilities increase their independent living skills, integrate into the community and achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Safety and Quality Report   Devereux releases its Safety and Quality Report

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare nonprofit organizations in the country, just published our most recent Safety and Quality Report.

Devereux New Jersey   New Jersey’s Devereux Consultants program addresses needs of youth, adults with disabilities

Whether you are a behavioral health provider in need of consultation services and training, or the family of a loved one with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences in need of individualized therapies, Devereux New Jersey’s Devereux Consultants program has you covered.

Recreational Therapy Month   Recreational Therapy Month: Enhancing quality of life for individuals with disabilities

Learn how Devereux is using recreational therapy to help those living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences learn new skills, achieve greater independence and enhance their quality of life.

path to recovery   National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month: Supporting youth on their path to recovery

Human trafficking is a global issue that can happen to anyone, anywhere. Learn how Devereux is helping youth who have experienced emotional, physical, and sexual trauma and exploitation lead safe, healthy and happy lives.

holiday season tips   Stress less: What NOT to do this holiday season to help lighten your load

Devereux Center for Resilient Children Director Susan Damico offers tips for having a happy - and less stressful - holiday season.

Tyrone Burns   National Adoption Month: Devereux Florida helps young man find forever family

In celebration of National Adoption Month, learn how Devereux helped a young man heal from past trauma and find his forever family.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month   National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Recognizing the skills, talents of all individuals

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Learn how Devereux is helping adults secure and maintain meaningful and competitive employment in the community.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month   Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: One conversation can save a life

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 34, and the fourth leading cause of death for people ages 35 to 54. Learn how you can support those in crisis - and possibly save a life.

Amy and Annie   Managing back-to-school jitters: Tips to help children with special needs ensure a smooth transition

Is your child excited - and nervous - about heading back to school this fall? Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, offers tips to help children with special needs ensure a smooth transition.

Strengthening your resilience   Strengthening your resilience

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers tools and resources to help adults strengthen their social and emotional health and well-being.

Pride month   Celebrating Pride Month in June

Pride Month is a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the current issues facing the LGBTQ community. Learn how Devereux is creating safe spaces to help youth and adults strengthen their overall emotional health and well-being.

May Awareness Month   May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of many individuals. Learn how to cope with uncertainty and build your resiliency.

brave   April is Autism Awareness Month

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Devereux Senior Vice President of Organizational Development Rayni Brindley, M.Ed., BCBA, shares her perspective on raising a child with autism.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month   March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, learn how Devereux is helping youth and adults of all abilities achieve success in their homes, schools and communities.

Isaac Hammond   Achieving independence through Devereux New Jersey’s community employment program

When Isaac Hammond sets a goal for himself, all those around the 34-year-old know it is only a matter of time before he will achieve success. Hammond, who is enrolled in Devereux New Jersey’s community employment program, recently celebrated his two-year anniversary of continuous employment.

swimming   Celebrating Recreational Therapy Month in February

At Devereux, providing fun, safe and effective recreational activities is a critical component of the successful treatment of youth and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Happy 2021!   Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human trafficking is an issue that affects every country around the globe. Learn how Devereux is helping youth who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual trauma thrive and succeed in life.

Devereux New Jersey   Devereux New Jersey’s virtual day program helps adults stay active, engaged during COVID-19

Devereux New Jersey recently launched a virtual day program to help adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences learn valuable life, job and social skills, while staying active and engaged during the pandemic.

December Awareness   Celebrate the season with new holiday traditions

The holidays may look a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean the festivities have to stop. Devereux Center for Resilient Children Director Susan Damico offers creative ways to make the season special, while staying safe and healthy.

November Awareness   Celebrating National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, and Devereux is proud to work with foster and adoptive families to help children find a loving family and a permanent place to call home.

October Awareness   October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the significant contributions of workers with disabilities. At Devereux, we believe all individuals should be given the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents and thrive in their communities.

August awareness   Staying active and engaged while social distancing

Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, shares activities to help your child or adult with special needs learn new skills - and have fun - while staying safe and healthy.

Introducing …   Introducing … Devereux’s adult resilience initiative

Devereux is launching an adult resilience initiative to help team members learn new skills to strengthen their social and emotional health and well-being.

June Awareness Month   Celebrating Pride Month in June

Pride Month is an annual celebration in June of the LGBTQ community. Learn how Devereux is working to ensure every child, adolescent and adult in our care feels welcomed and safe to express themselves openly and without judgement.

May Awareness Month   Mental Health Awareness Month: Managing stress and anxiety during a pandemic

There has never been a more important time to make mental health a priority. Learn how to manage stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.

Autism Awareness Month   Autism Awareness Month: Talking to individuals with autism about COVID-19

Learn how to talk to children and adults with autism about COVID-19 to ensure they have the information and resources they need without causing unnecessary worry and anxiety.

Finding a voice   Finding a voice: Self-advocacy in action at Devereux New Jersey

One day per week, in one of 10 Devereux New Jersey vocational programs located across the Garden State, adults meet with staff to learn more about how to advocate for themselves.

Breaking down barriers   March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth and adults with developmental disabilities often face barriers that can make it challenging to function on a daily basis. Learn how Devereux is helping to break down these barriers.

Recreational Therapy   Celebrating Recreational Therapy Month in February

At Devereux, providing fun and healthy recreational activities is a critical part of the successful treatment of youth and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month   January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human trafficking is an issue that affects every country and every state in the U.S. Learn how Devereux Florida is granting hope and healing to individuals in need.

Being Present   Celebrating the season: Tips to avoid holiday stress

The holidays are a time of celebration, filled with family gatherings, gift giving and good cheer, but for many people, they also are a time of stress and seemingly never-ending to-do lists. Devereux Center for Resilient Children’s Nefertiti B. Poyner offers tips for families to slow down this holiday season and focus on being present, not perfect.

National Adoption Month   Celebrating National Adoption Month in November

Since 1995, National Adoption Month has been recognized in communities across the country. Devereux is proud to work with foster and adoptive families to help children in need find a permanent, loving family.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month   Recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the significant contributions of workers with disabilities. At Devereux, we believe all individuals should be given the opportunity to be included and achieve their fullest potential.

Breaking the silence   September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. Devereux joins other individuals and organizations to promote awareness and combat the stigma associated with this tragic loss of life.

Back to school tips   Back to school: Tips for creating a seamless transition

Devereux’s Amy Kelly shares back-to-school tips for parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

DECA 20 Years   DECA Program anniversary: Celebrating 20 years of promoting resilience in young children

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program, a strength-based assessment and planning system designed to promote resilience in children, ages 4 weeks to 6 years old.

June Awareness Month   Celebrating Pride Month in June

Pride Month is an annual celebration of the LGBTQ community, and a time when LGBTQ individuals - and their supporters - seek to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges youth and adults face in their daily lives.

Mental Health Awareness Month   You are not alone: Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is proud to serve as a nationally recognized leader in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare, providing innovative specialty mental health programs/services for youth and adults with emotional and behavioral disorders.

NJ Cooking Club   Devereux New Jersey’s cooking club teaches adults tasty life lessons

Adults who participate in Devereux New Jersey’s cooking club learn valuable lessons such as how to scout out sales, make a budget and find healthy ingredients.

World Autism Day   CBS Philly features Devereux New Jersey vocational program

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, CBS Philly featured a story about Devereux New Jersey's plant therapy program, which teaches adults with autism new skills.

CIDDS   Autism Awareness Month: Nurturing greater understanding, compassion and support

In honor of Autism Awareness Month in April, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health a leading provider of autism services for children, adolescents and adults - wants to highlight the need for greater understanding, compassion and support to help individuals diagnosed with autism lead more independent, fulfilling and socially connected lives.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month   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.”

  Recreational Therapy Month: Recognizing the value of therapeutic recreational programs

Recreational therapy uses activities such as music and dance classes and arts and crafts to help stimulate and improve the overall health and well-being of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions.

  Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Join the fight against modern-day slavery

Human trafficking is an issue that affects every country around the globe. In the United States, one of the biggest challenges to combating this form of modern-day slavery is a lack of awareness and understanding.

  NJACP conference features panel discussion with Devereux’s Steve Bruce on the future of I/DD services/supports

Steve Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s vice president of operations - adult services, participated in a panel discussion during the 35th annual New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) conference about the future for intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) providers.

  Nonprofit Helps Disabled Citizens 'Spread Their Wings' in Salem County

Devereux New Jersey was featured in an SNJ Today piece about National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and its efforts to provide employment opportunities to individuals living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences at Raise Your Dreams Farm in Pilesgrove, N.J.

  Focusing on togetherness during the holidays

Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., offers tips for families to focus on togetherness during the holiday season.

  National Adoption Month 2018: Join the conversation

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Month and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health wants to shine a light on the urgent need to connect the thousands of children and youth in the U.S. foster care system with permanent, loving families.

  Inaugural ‘Double Down for Devereux’ event raises more than $7,000 for New Jersey

It was a sure bet that the more than 100 guests who turned out for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New Jersey’s first-ever “Double Down for Devereux” event experienced an unforgettable night of casino-style games, food and fun.

  Johnson Matthey sees benefit in employing individuals with special needs

What does Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies based in England, have in common with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health? They both want to make the world a better place for future generations. Johnson Matthey is taking that notion to heart by providing employment opportunities for individuals with special needs.

  Recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we believe all individuals should be given the opportunity to be included and make a positive impact in their communities.

  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.

  Focusing on trauma: Take Devereux’s pledge to promote social/emotional health in children

This month, the Devereux Center of Resilient Children invites everyone to embrace our shared role in promoting healthy early childhood development by taking its online pledge to promote the resilience of all children, and to learn more about the negative impacts of childhood trauma, as well as the need for trauma-informed practices.

  Devereux N.J. receives large donation of personal hygiene supplies from Autism N.J.

Thanks to Autism New Jersey and Amazon, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New Jersey was the recipient of a large donation of personal hygiene products - more than 1,300 items! - that will be used to support the individuals it serves every day.

  Devereux program sees positive outcome for individuals at N.J. group home

At Devereux, our employees work tirelessly, every day, to help the individuals we serve lead productive, positive and socially-connected lives. Recently, Devereux New Jersey team members witnessed extremely rewarding outcomes as a result of implementing the “Devereux Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports” (D-PBIS) methodology in one of its groups homes.

  Devereux employee wins prestigious NJACP Leadership Award

We are proud to announce that Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New Jersey Director of Statewide Operations Nicole “Nici” O’Neal was honored recently with the 2017 New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) Leadership Award.

  Food and Wine Pairing event raises more than $7,000 for Devereux N.J.

Nearly 70 guests attended Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New Jersey’s recent “Food and Wine Pairing” at Scalini Fedeli in Chatham, N.J.

  The 2016 Majestic Sea Adventure Highlights

On Saturday April 2, 2016 Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New Jersey celebrated World Autism Day in a big way. The 12th Annual Dinner Dance took place that evening at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey. A record breaking amount of guests attended this year’s event. Guests included members of both the Southern and Northern Advisory Boards, friends and family of Devereux, Philadelphia Eagle Jordan Hicks and Senator Stephen Sweeney were all in attendance.