Leading National Behavioral Healthcare Provider

Call 1-800-345-1292

  • Hope Gala 2019
  • Amazon Smile Gives to Devereux this Holiday Season
  • SPARC
  • National Adoption Month
  • Foster Care
  • Start an Online Fundraiser Today
  • Autism Success Story

Tweet Share on LinkedIn Send email Print

‘Face-off for Autism’ hockey event generates funding for adults with autism

 


The “Sixth Annual Face-off for Autism” hockey tournament, held in West Chester, Pa., generated nearly $20,000 to benefit a Devereux Pennsylvania scholarship program for adults with autism. Photo credit: Andrew J. Simcox.
  

Executive Director of Autism Services and event co-organizer Dr. Todd Harris prepares for the game. Photo credit: Andrew J. Simcox.  
  

Members of the Devereux team. Photo credit: Andrew J. Simcox.
  

The event was a fun day out for the whole family! Photo credit: Andrew J. Simcox.

Approximately 320 participants suited up for the “Sixth Annual Face-off for Autism” hockey tournament, held recently in West Chester, Pa. The event, generating nearly $20,000, will benefit a Devereux Pennsylvania scholarship program for adults with autism. 

Over the last five years, the Face-Off for Autism event – a partnership with Shinny USA – has raised more than $100,000 for Devereux Pennsylvania’s “Bridge Scholarship,” which helps young adults with autism ensure there is no lapse in services between high school graduation and adult programming. Scholarship recipients are served by Devereux Pennsylvania’s Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP), which provides individualized and innovative community-based services for adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other disabilities.

The event included 32 teams battling it out on the hockey rink for bragging rights; one team comprised of Devereux employees, including Executive Director of Autism Services and event co-organizer Dr. Todd Harris.  

“We are so grateful to our players, sponsors and volunteers for making this event a reality and raising funds for such an important cause,” said Dr. Harris. “This tournament is a fantastic way to generate funding for individuals with autism as they transition into adulthood, but it’s also an opportunity to educate people about autism. In between the games, our employees – and the individuals we serve – share information about Devereux and their experiences with our organization. It’s always inspirational for our players and attendees.” 

Funding the gap

The challenges facing individuals with ASD shift considerably as they make the transition to adulthood. For adolescents, this issue is compounded as critical behavioral health services end – or are considerably reduced – as students leave the school environment. 

“Youth with autism age out of educational programs when they turn 21, and the gap between transitioning into an adult program can be as short as one month, or more than one year, due to waiting lists or lack of funding,” said Devereux Pennsylvania CAAPP Director Amanda Duffy. “For many young adults with autism, this gap can result in skill regression or loss of skills that are critical to independence. Events like this tournament help fill that gap for the nearly 120 adults served by CAAPP.” 

Bridge scholarships are granted to adults in three Pennsylvania counties whom may need individualized supports and services – through CAAPP – as they develop skills for employment or volunteer work, or to live as independently as possible. The primary goal is to provide instruction and support across community, home and work environments that will help individuals become productive, socially connected, and personally fulfilled members of their local communities.  

Interested in sponsoring next year’s hockey tournament? Contact Todd Harris or Amanda Duffy.

Next up: Tee-Off for Autism

Get your golf clubs ready! The second annual “Tee-Off for Autism” golf tournament – also benefitting Devereux Pennsylvania – will be held at Broad Run Golfer’s Club on September 14, in West Chester, Pa. Interested sponsors or participants should visit www.teeoffforautism.com or contact T.J. Schneider

Learn about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.

 

Latest News

#GivingTuesday is December 3   ‘Tis the season of giving: Make Devereux your charity of choice on #GivingTuesday

This holiday season, family members and friends of Devereux can show their support for the nonprofit, and the youth and adults it serves, through the gift of giving.

Tee-off for Autism   ‘Tee-off for Autism’ golf tournament generates nearly $7,000 for adults with autism

More than 60 golfers showcased their swinging, driving and putting skills at the Jeffersonville Golf Course in Norristown, Pa., this fall for the third annual “Tee-off for Autism” golf tournament to raise critical funds for Devereux Pennsylvania’s Bridge Fund.

Yolanda Graham, M.D.   Dr. Yolanda Graham discusses the Gender Affirmative Model on iHeartRadio’s Philadelphia Community Podcast

Take a listen as Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham, M.D. discusses the Gender Affirmative Model - the treatment of choice for transgender and gender expansive youth - with Loraine Ballard Morrill on iHeartRadio’s Philadelphia Community Podcast.

Yvette Jackson   Yvette Jackson named executive director of Devereux Arizona

Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II has named Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH, as executive director of Devereux Arizona, with campuses in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.

Gwen Skinner   Devereux’s Gwen Skinner appointed to Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission

Devereux Vice President of Operations Gwen Skinner was recently selected to serve on the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission.

SPARC   Devereux acquires Pennsylvania nonprofit to expand services for families

Devereux has acquired the Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center to expand services for youth and families living with autism and behavioral challenges.

Rayni Anderson Brindley   Autism Parenting Magazine article: “An exclusive look at AUTISM with Rayni Anderson Brindley”

Read this Autism Parenting Magazine article featuring Devereux Senior Vice President of Organizational Development Rayni Brindley, M.Ed., BCBA, as she shares her perspective about raising a child with autism.


More Stories