Glenwood Announces Grand Opening in Avondale

Thursday, April 11, 2019, will mark the official grand gpening and celebration for Glenwood, Inc.’s completion of a $10 million capital campaign and new Avondale campus.

Glenwood purchased three properties in 2017 for renovation and use for education and therapeutic services in the Avondale area of Birmingham. The acquisition was part of the capital campaign, Renowned Care, Renewed Hope: Campaign for Glenwood. On April 11, tours will be offered of the buildings, and valet parking will be available at 608 38th Street South.

Glenwood’s Children’s Center opened in October 2018. Here, intense Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is offered, which is beneficial to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and others. Across the alleyway is now Glenwood’s Administration Building. Next door, the third building plans to open in May as the headquarters for Glenwood’s Outpatient Services. This building provides rooms for evaluations and diagnoses of mental health concerns including autism, along with many clinician’s offices. In addition, speech and occupational therapies, family education and social skills training will be offered from Avondale. This campus adds to Glenwood’s presence with locations in Huntsville, Montgomery, and the main campus at 150 Glenwood Lane, Birmingham, AL.

“Thanks to generous donors, Glenwood will be able to officially open two important buildings, adding to its programs and services. Thursday, April 11, Glenwood’s Board of Directors will officially present to the community the new Children’s Center, named the Mallie M. Ireland Building, with a ribbon cutting and comments at 4:30 p.m. Tours of all three buildings will be available with another ribbon cutting taking place at 5:15 p.m.,” says D. Lee Yount, FACHE, Glenwood’s President and CEO.

“Just around the corner from our Children’s Center, our new Outpatient Center will be dedicated at 5:15 p.m. So, on April 11, we are actually celebrating a successful campaign that helped us grow, the opening of two buildings and the addition of some very important and growing components of Glenwood’s continuum of care, with two separate ribbon cuttings. We know that to help the most people, we need to be easily accessible to the most people. We are delighted to be near the heart of Birmingham and in the beautiful neighborhood of Avondale. And we still have space for future growth here. We are celebrating that, too,” said Yount.

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Glenwood Endowed Lecture at UAB

Approaches For Students Who Present Complex Challenges

Students on the autism spectrum with co-occurring mental health & behavioral issues can present challenges to those who interact with them. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D, Director of Indiana Resource Center for Autism, will discuss the issues faced by Indiana, strategies used to create systems, and how to adopt strategies to support these students.

  • Assessing problematic behaviors & designing behavior support plans
  • Teaching alternative skills using evidence-based practices
  • Adopting strategies for building local capacity & creating a statewide infrastructure
Date:             April 25, 2019
Time:            11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost:             FREE (Reservation required)
Location:     Alumni Theater, 3rd floor UAB Hill Student Center (HSC)
                          1300 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL
                         (corner of University Blvd. & 14th St. S.)
Parking:        Lot 5A next to the HSC—Enter on 16th Ave. S. between University Blvd. & 7th Ave ($2-$6 range)
                          Metered parking available on 14th St. & on 7th Ave. S.
                          Other public decks at 1801 4th Ave. S, 1915 University Blvd., 1720 University Blvd. & 1713 6th Ave. S.
CEUs Approved:
  • 1.0 nursing contact hr by The Deep South Center for OH&S, provider #ABNP0420 for the ABN
  • 1.0 SW contact hr by The UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics, provider #0604 for the ASBSWE
  • 1.0 BACB Type II CEU provided by The Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis
  • 1.0 contact hr by The National Board of Public Health Examiners

Questions? Contact Julie McDougal: or 205.975.0531

Registration required by emailing
Lecture will be live-streamed on the UAB School of Public Health’s YouTube channel:
It will also be archived on the UAB SOPH website
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Parent Training Series: Sleeping, Eating, and Toilet-training – Considerations for my child with autism

Dr. Mary-Kate Carey, Director of the Children’s Center, will lead a three-part training series focused on issues related to sleep, feeding, and toilet-training for children with an autism spectrum disorder. This class is geared towards families of young children with autism that are experiencing difficulties with any of these common child-development issues. Each class will cover one of the three topics and provide parents with research-based information as well as strategies they can implement at home. Additionally, parents will help to develop a written strategic plan for how to tackle each issue.

•March 13th: 8:45-10:45 am.Topic: Sleeping difficulties
•March 20th: 8:45 – 10:45 am.Topic: Feeding difficulties
•March 25th: 10 am – 1 pm. Topic: Toilet-training (SPECIAL LOCATION: The Hoover Public Library. Sign up here.)

Glenwood’s Children’s Center, at 3721 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222. Parking lot is around the back. 

Attendance to all three classes is not required. Parents and caregivers may choose which classes are most relevant to their current needs. Childcare is not provided. Lap infants are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Glenwood Career Fair – March 6th, 2019

March 6th, 2019
1pm – 4pm

150 Glenwood Lane
Birmingham, AL 35242

Seeking Direct Care Professionals!

Glenwood leads the state of Alabama in providing behavioral health care and educational services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and severe emotional disturbances. These services are provided in a least restrictive setting, through a continuum of care, with the highest respect for individuals and families served, In addition to direct care services, Glenwood provides consultation and training for mental health and educational professionals and promotes research in these specialized areas.

• Communication and interpersonal skills required
• Computer skills preferred

• High School Diploma or GED equivalent required
• BS/BA in Human Services field preferred
• Valid Alabama driver’s license required and must be insurable through agency’s insurance carrier

• Must be 21 years of age or over
• Must pass a criminal, social, MVR background check, as well as obtain clearance through DHR’s Child Abuse and Neglect Registry and ABI/FBI registry
• Must be certified or able to pass agency required and provided training in CPR, 1st Aid,
Managing Crisis Safely (MCS) and Medication Administration Certification 
• Must pass all required pre-employment screenings

Printable flyer:

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Parent Training Series: Responding to Challenging Behavior in the Home

Dr. Mary-Kate Carey, Director of the Children’s Center, will lead a three-part training series focused on how to manage and respond to challenging behavior by individuals with an autism spectrum disorder in the home. The class will be interactive, and parents will develop an individual behavior management plan for their child that includes strategies for responding to problem behavior in the moment as well as long-term strategies for teaching appropriate, functional replacement behaviors.  Additionally, parents will learn the basics of applied behavior analysis and how to apply the principles of positive reinforcement to problem behavior.

  • Classes are:
    Feb. 20th from 5:00 – 7:00pm
    Feb. 27th from 5:00 – 7:00pm
    March 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Attendance to all three classes is highly encouraged
  • Childcare is not provided. Lap infants are welcome.
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Emerging Leaders in Autism

The Alabama Autism Providers Network (AAPN) is requesting applications from future leaders in ASD research, services, or education in Alabama to attend the Alabama Autism Conference in Tuscaloosa on 2/22/19.

Emerging Youth Leader Award: supports a high school student and one adult to attend the conference.

Emerging Leader Award: supports an undergraduate student to attend the conference.

Awardees will be paired with a leadership mentor throughout the conference. 

To apply, visit and clock on Scholarships.

Application Deadline: Friday, 2/15/19 at noon.

Notification of Award: Monday, 2/18/19.

Application includes:
1. Personal statement: In 2 pages or less, please discuss:
-Your interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders
-What your current or past involvement has been in the ASD community?
-What are your goals for being a future leader in ASD?
-What do you see as the current strengths within the ASD community in Alabama? What barriers or challenges do you hope to improve through your leadership in our state?
2. Letter of support from a teacher/instructor/mentor familiar with your leadership skills.
-Should discuss the student’s potential for leadership in ASD research service, and/or education in our state. 


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Upcoming Caregivers of Autism Fellowship Group Meetings

Caregivers of Autism Fellowship Group

Women’s Group: Meets the last Monday from 9:00-10:00am of every month at the Children’s Center. It will be supported by Dr. Mary-Kate Carey, Director of the Children’s Center. All moms, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, and friends that support an individual with autism or family of an individual with autism are welcome to come for an hour of fellowship and support. Dr. Carey will be there to provide information and resources as needed.

  • First group meets on Feb. 25th, 2019 at 9am

Men’s Group: Meets the last Tuesday from 9:00-10:00am of every month at the Children’s Center. It will be supported by Dr. Mary-Kate Carey, Director of the Children’s Center. All dads, uncles, grandfathers, brothers, cousins, and friends that support an individual with autism or family of an individual with autism are welcome to come for an hour of fellowship and support. Dr. Carey will be there to provide information and resources as needed.

First group meets on Feb. 26th, 2019 at 9am

EDIT, 3/22/19: The first Men’s Group meeting will be help on April 3rd this month, from 9-10am.

All meetings are provided free of charge

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2019 Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament


Mark your calendar for Glenwood’s 27th Annual Ireland Legacy Tournament on Monday, May 6. Thanks to the help of our sponsors, this long running golf tournament raises more than $100,000 each year for Glenwood’s programs for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is named in honor of the Ireland family and in memory of Kitty, Kathy, Bill Sr., and Glenn Ireland. The Ireland family were instrumental in founding Glenwood 40 years ago to serve individuals with ASD and behavioral health needs in Alabama. The tournament will be held at Old Overton Club with the shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

Special thanks to our returning Title Sponsor, King Acura, who has supported Glenwood for over 10 years! The golf tournament is a sell out event. If you are interested in reserving a team, contact Linda Baker at or 205-795-3376.

2019 ILT Golf Registration form

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Holiday Happenings

Believe in love.

Believe in magic.

Believe in joy.

Don’t Stop Believing!

The holidays are a magical time of year. Glenwood wishes your family a joyous holiday season. We greet each day full of hope for the individuals served by Glenwood. It’s because of people like you that they learn more each day, building skills that will help them communicate better and increase their independence.

Thank you for providing hope! Happy Holidays!

The Santa Wagon featured above was drawn by one youth who calls Glenwood home. He was asked to draw an ice cream truck. We love to see how creative minds work! Art provides people a wonderful way to express themselves and grow in creative ways. As you can see, we have lots of creativity at Glenwood.

We are grateful to the Vestavia Hills (VH) Girl Scouts for providing holiday cheer to all of the Glenwood residents. For over 10 years, the VH Girl Scouts have organized a holiday party for the children and adults. They provide entertainment and treats at three different locations on campus, bringing joy to all in attendance. 

And they don’t stop there. They also collect gifts for 134 children and adults so that everyone has something special under the tree on Christmas morning. We cannot thank them enough for their generosity and continued support over the years. They embody their Girl Scout Oath: On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.  


Glenwood’s annual Christmas program always delivers a creative and moving performance by the staff and individuals served. Inspired by Glenwood’s first children’s book, Frankie’s Change, Frankie’s journey to donate his popsicle money was brought to life. The dancing California Raisins were one of many showstoppers that day. Many people left the program singing the famous song “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

The program offered many touching moments. Family members, friends and staff had the opportunity to see their loved ones in roles that help them build confidence and self esteem.

We are grateful to National Bank of Commerce for sponsoring the book Frankie’s Change. Books are still available for purchase online or at the pecan warehouse on Glenwood’s campus. They make great stocking stuffers! Stop by the pecan warehouse through Friday, December 21st.

The faces in the photo above are hidden to protect the privacy of the youth.


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A Mother’s Story

Three years ago, I was filled with fear and doubt and uncertainty of my son’s future. Hayes was documented as “non-verbal” at almost 3 years old. I didn’t think I would ever hear my son say “mama” or “I love you” or sing songs or function age appropriately. I found myself on my knees praying for answers and divine intervention for my beautiful baby boy who would not speak a word.

Then, in His perfect timing, God placed us in the care of the wonderful people and therapists at Glenwood. Hayes started speech therapy at the Montgomery campus and it quickly became our “happy place”… our escape. I had endless questions for his therapists. I was unsure if therapy would help him, unsure that he would ever start speaking. I have shed many tears, some happy tears, some scared tears…..and proud, happy tears. Glenwood has worked miracles with my son. We have watched him transition from a 3-year-old who would only grunt and whine to a 5-year-old with the articulation level of a 7-year-old and an ever-expanding vocabulary. He has accomplished a level of learning and comprehension that I only dreamed of a year ago. Thank you, God for your grace and blessings and for placing us in the care of the wonderful people at Glenwood. I believed in his potential, I believed in his therapists, I believed in Glenwood, and it has been worth all the miles and all the effort. Early intervention is key.

Glenwood will always hold a special place in my heart. The staff and therapists are amazing, and a GODSEND to my son and all the other kids they help each day. Glenwood has become a special place for me and my family. It’s a safe haven, a place of healing, a place where scared, fearful, broken hearts find hope and peace. Glenwood is our happy place, and it always will be. With their help, Hayes is now a successful Pre-K student, and ready for Kindergarten next year. He talks in complete sentences, asks questions, and makes friends. Hayes’s challenges are not over, but thanks to Glenwood, his future is full of promise.

We thank Glenwood for the difference they have made in our world. You, too, can help make a difference for families like mine! As a nonprofit, Glenwood relies on community support to continue being able to serve and make a difference. We are asking for you to help other broken hearts find hope and peace.

Will you help?

Please consider donating to Glenwood by midnight on December 31st. Your gift will keep the miracles coming for little ones in need. We appreciate any contribution to support “Hayes’s Happy Place.” Together, we can make a big difference in the lives of so many.

~Laci, mother of Hayes

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