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Autism A-Z: Beyond the Puzzle

Implementing Evidence-Based Practices Through Family-Provider Partnerships

Friday, September 30, 2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Featured keynote address by Deidre Donaldson, Ph.D. (Chief Clinical Officer, May Institute), who will present on “Evidence-based practices for individuals with ASD: The National Standards Project, Phase 2.”

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit providers of behavioral healthcare, announced it will host its first autism conference, Autism A-Z: Beyond the Puzzle, in partnership with Autism Delaware. The conference is Friday, September 30, 2016 from 9:00am – 4:30pm at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. Autism A-Z will bring together leading industry experts, educators, medical professionals, social workers and families to share the latest insights, innovations and best practices in the study and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

“Advancing the care, treatment and support of those with autism spectrum disorder is a pillar of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s mission to change lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential in people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences,” said Robert Q. Kreider, President and CEO. “This conference embodies our philosophy of care and commitment to supporting families, physicians and caregivers of individuals with autism.”

Featuring keynotes by Deidre Donaldson, Ph.D. (Chief Clinical Officer, May Institute) and Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D. (EPIC School), the event’s format will allow participants to select from more than a dozen workshops led by industry experts. These sessions will cover a range of topics including education, technology, nutrition, behavior management, medication, housing, social skills and more. The conference will serve as a one-stop shop for those looking to advance their expertise in all aspects of ASD. CEUs/CMEs will be available for physicians, psychologists, teachers, BCBAs and social workers.

“Autism affects one in 68 children and is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.,” said Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. “This conference will bring together leading voices on the care and treatment of those with autism. At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we recognize the importance of working collaboratively to bring to bear educational opportunities such as this conference.”

Registration is required and open through September 23. Space is limited. For more information, please visit the Autism A-Z conference website,

About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health 

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. Founded in 1912 by Helena Devereux, the nonprofit operates a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults and their families every year. Focused on best practices emerging from a new understanding of the brain, its unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement. With nearly 7,000 employees working in programs across the nation, it is a recognized partner for families, schools and communities, serving many of our country’s most vulnerable populations in the areas of autism, IDD, specialty mental health, and child welfare.

Programs are offered in hospital, residential, community and school-based settings. They include: Assessments; Interventions and Support; Transition and Independent Life Services: Family and Professional Training; Research and Innovation; and Advocacy and Public Education. For more than a century, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been guided by a simple and enduring mission: To change lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences.

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