Pecan Shop is Open for Business

Glenwood’s pecans have a purpose. Every purchase of our pecans and coffees raises funds essential for the operation of Glenwood’s programs and services for children, adolescents, adults, and families affected by autism and behavioral health disorders. 

Over 43 years ago Glenwood’s Holiday Pecan Sale began as a fund-raising effort to benefit the Allan Cott School, Glenwood’s founding program. Today, Glenwood touches the lives of over 10,000 people across Alabama through over 18 programs.

Glenwood sells only the freshest, “first-shake” pecans from southern pecan farms. Glenwood’s pecan halves are mammoth-size, the largest and best-tasting pecans available. We also have a wide variety of pecan treats including chocolate covered, roasted & salted, and even pecan brittle and pecan-flavored coffees.

Pecans also make great corporate gifts. Give a gift that gives twice! To create a holiday gift your business contacts will remember, contact Shanda at (205) 795-3353,

Check out our online shop. Your gifts can be shipped directly to you!

You can also find pecans in the following locations:

  • IBERIABANK branches
  • SouthPoint Bank branches
  • Piggly Wiggly select stores
  • Winn Dixie select stores
  • Glenwood’s Main Campus Pecan Shop
  • Christmas Village at the BJCC, October 30-November 3
  • Junior League Market Noel at the Findley Center, November 20 – 23
  • Sugar Plum Market at the Marriott Conference Center in Florence, November 21 – 23

If you have questions, call our pecan shop at (866) 729-2189. Thank you for supporting Pecans for Autism and believing in all of the people Glenwood serves!

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month? In honor of the month, Glenwood was invited to showcase art by those we serve at Kessler Lofts, located at 1926 3rd Ave N. We kicked off the art show with a reception hosted by Forstall Art Center. The reception also honored Joe Carter upon his retirement after 40 years of serving families at Glenwood. Carter started working with Glenwood’s children’s programs in 1979. Then, as those children grew into adults, he worked to establish adult services at Glenwood.

Carter has a special spot in his heart to help those we serve enjoy creative endeavors such as art, music and performing. Below is an example of one project of Joe’s artists. Art gives every person the opportunity to express themselves in a different way. Stop by Kessler Lofts in October to see truly unique art pieces!

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Washing a Concrete Mixer

How many ways can you say, “Thank you?” How about by washing a concrete mixer? Glenwood’s Details Matter did just that at Sherman Industries’ offices in Inverness.  Lehigh Cement Co. and Sherman teamed up to make a sizeable donation to Glenwood recently, and Glenwood’s mobile car wash team wanted to say thank you by washing one of Sherman’s concrete mixers.

Details Matter is a mobile car wash started by Glenwood about two years ago to provide vocational opportunities to adults served by Glenwood.

“We wash cars, trucks and vans, but this was our first time washing a concrete mixer,” says Hunter Wimberley, Glenwood’s associate director of vocational services. “Our Details Matters team loves to make vehicles shine, and they love to get a paycheck.”

“We’re delighted to partner with Glenwood. We know the excellent services they provide to families when they need help,” said Philip Detwiler, Lehigh’s vice president of cement sales for the southeast.

Thank you Lehigh Cement and Sherman Industries for caring for people with autism!

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Glenwood’s President and CEO Announces Retirement

Deborah “Lee” Yount, who has been Glenwood, Inc.’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 1981, has announced her retirement from the position effective January 17, 2020. She will continue in a consulting and advisory role through a transition period. Glenwood Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Oliver will replace Yount as Chief Executive Officer.

Lee Yount

Ken Oliver

Glenwood has grown from serving 18 individuals in 1974 to touching the lives of more than 10,000 families annually between the ages of 18 months to elderly adults. The private nonprofit organization started by a small group of community leaders with a commitment to providing treatment, education and research in the area of children’s mental health has grown into one of the largest nonprofit behavioral health centers in Alabama.

“Glenwood is known for its work with severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and its expertise in autism spectrum disorder,” said Glenwood Board Chair Philip Young. “Lee is a true servant leader who has made a significant impact on mental health issues in our state. The growth over the past 38 years is astounding, and Lee has led that. When she started 1 in 10,000 people were being diagnosed with autism. Today 20 percent of school children will be diagnosed with mental health disorders, and 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with the autism. We are really fortunate to have had her at the helm of this important work.”

Oliver joined Glenwood in 2013 after more than 25 years in senior positions with health care entities, most recently with one of the largest, private nonprofit organizations in the country. He holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Tennessee and has a graduate degree in health care administration from UAB.


Glenwood leads the state of Alabama in providing behavioral health care and educational services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and severe emotional disturbances. 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. Glenwood, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information on visit

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Check out our 2018 Annual Report

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Connections newsletter is now available

The latest Glenwood newsletter is out. Click here to read the entire newsletter. Read the cover story below. 

Glenwood Expands Services and Location

A ribbon was recently cut for the newly named Mallie M. Ireland Building, marking the official celebration for and completion of Glenwood, Inc.’s $10 million capital campaign.

Thanks to the success of Renowned Care, Renewed Hope: Campaign for Glenwood, three buildings in the Avondale area of Birmingham were purchased and renovated to provide easier access to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other mental health concerns.

Glenwood began services at the Avondale campus in October 2018 with the opening of the Children’s Center in the Mallie M. Ireland Building. The Children’s Center offers intense Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy, along with Speech and Occupational therapies, to prepare young children for school. ABA is one of the most successful therapies for children with ASD. The Center also offers family support and education sessions.

Glenwood plans to seek funding for a simulation classroom, where graduates of ABA therapy can prepare for inclusive learning settings. This classroom would also provide excellent on-site training for teachers and healthcare professionals across Alabama. The Center plans to serve as a training site for area universities.

The Avondale Outpatient Center opened in June 2019 to provide the best in diagnostic, psychiatric and behavior therapy. The Outpatient Clinic provides professional analysis and compassionate direction to families in need of diagnostic services. The first step is a Diagnostic Assessment with an individualized therapy plan presented to each family that includes recommendations for intervention and specialized therapies. Early intervention is proven to improve outcomes for children on the autism spectrum.
In addition to the new Avondale campus, Glenwood has expanded services in Birmingham and Huntsville through Journey Academy, a center for adults with ASD to prepare for employment. Residential facilities for children and adults have also been acquired and/or renovated, both on campus and in the community.

All of this was made possible through the generous donors to the campaign. It has opened doors to new opportunities and Glenwood is now in the beginning stages of creating a year-round art program for education and recreation purposes, as well as creating a Center for art and other extracurricular activities to be offered in the future. (See story ART FOR AUTISM).

Philip Young, Glenwood Board of Directors Chair and Campaign Co-Chair says, “Glenwood is determined to provide the best services to the most people possible. Congratulations to all who participated in making HOPE HAPPEN!”

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Glenwood Art Show in October

Glenwood is hosting our first art show presenting art created by individuals we serve. Under the direction of Glenwood Director Joe Carter, the artists have created beautiful and memorable art. 

Join us on Thursday, October 10, 4:30-6:30 pm at the Forstall Art Center, 215 20th Street N, Birmingham, Al 35203. This reception will also honor Joe Carter as he retires from almost 40 years at Glenwood.

In recognition of October being National Disability Employment Awareness month, the art will be exhibited and sold the entire month at Kessler Lofts, 1926 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, 35203.

All are welcome, and we hope you will come out to enjoy this wonderful exhibit. A percentage of sales will benefit the artists. For more information or to RSVP, contact Meredith Colquitt, or 205-795-3268.

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Save the Date for Big Top 2020

Step right up to the BIGGEST event of the year!

Exciting changes are in store for Big Top 2020! The date has been set for February 21, 2020 and the tent will be raised in a new location. Haven in the Lakeview District will host this year’s event and Glenwood’s Junior Board has plans to ensure that this year’s is the best one yet!

Learn more by visiting the event page at

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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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