Another Great Day of Golf!

We are thrilled to announce that with the help of generous sponsors, teams, and donors, we raised a record $180,000 through the 29th Annual Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament! The event on May 3 at Old Overton supports services for adults with autism.

When families got together 29 years ago to start the tournament, we’re sure they never imagined that it would raise over $2.4 million over the years. That goes a long way to help adults with autism develop independent living skills!

Many thanks to all who have supported the tournament over the years. A big shout out to our Title Sponsor, King Acura, who has sponsored our tournament for over 15 years! We are lucky to have such faithful support in the community.

Congratulations to the winners!

1st Place Gross

Kiva Dunes Golf and Beach Resort

1st Place Net

Ken Oliver’s Team

2nd Place Gross

AmWins

3rd Place Gross

King Acura

2nd Place Net

Transportation Services, Inc.

3rd Place Net

Marathon Electrical Engineers

“Tee Time for Jimbo” was celebrated with the ceremonial first putt in memory of Jimbo Thornton. Bobby, Chance, Kevin, and Jody were all friends of Jimbo’s and were happy to take part in this annual tradition.

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Golf is Rain or Shine

A little rain won’t stop our golfers! The 29th Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament will proceed today, but the shotgun start is delayed until 11:30 am. Bring your rain gear and embrace the day. It’s all for a good cause! Adults with autism still need our help. Below is the day’s adjusted schedule:

9:00 AM

Registration begins and driving range and putting green open.

Shuttle service to the green will be available.

11:15 AM

Kick-Off Comments and “Tee Time for Jimbo”

First swing by individuals served at Glenwood honoring the life of Jimbo Thornton

11:30 AM

Shotgun Start for a Texas Scramble

Boxed lunches will be available on the carts.

Each golfer will have their own cart unless they sign a waiver to share a cart.

4:30–6:00 PM

Play expected to end

Players to pick up a parting gift as they leave their carts.

To purchase, select mulligans from the dropdown menu on our donation page

 

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Chandler’s Vending Machines

This is Chandler and he LOVES vending machines. So much so that he currently has 14,000 photos of them. And he wants more! Chandler is a resident at Glenwood , a nonprofit that helps people of all ages on the autism spectrum, from early childhood diagnosis and through their adult lives.
When he was very young, Chandler was non-verbal. His parents say when they left grocery stores, he would have meltdowns. He would cry and cry and he couldn’t communicate why he was upset. Then one day they realized what he wanted. “We realized it was something about these machines,” says Chandler’s father, Raymond. “He wanted to go look at it.”
 
And ever since then, Chandler has been seeking out vending machines. Since becoming verbal, he’s been able to communicate more of what he wants and likes about the machines. He loves the graphics, the logos, the button types. He loves drink machines specifically, but he, himself, has never cared for drinking soda.
 
He wants to see as many as he can and visit them to take their photo. Right now, his collection includes more than 14,000 pictures. He gets these photos either by visiting the vending machines personally, or by asking others to take photos and send them to him. In his free time, he likes to research locations and pinpoint exactly where unseen vending machines are. And if you ask him about where one is, he will remember and tell you.
 
“He has the most amazing memory of anyone I’ve ever known,” says his father. “He’s running a business, a research project without even realizing it. He’s collecting data and he wants more. I’ve heard him talk to the administrators of universities, tell them who he is, what he’s doing, and get them to walk down the hall and get him pictures of vending machines. He researches and this is how he connects with people. It’s his connection to the world… If I had his photographic memory and his ability to negotiate, I’d be famous. And to think he couldn’t express this to anyone for such a long time. And now with the work of professionals, he can.”
 
When Chandler visits his father, they go on trips to document vending machines. Chandler will find a location and plan where they will go. Sometimes it takes them on car trips around 2.5 hours just to see one. It’s become a connection they share. Raymond says, “Some parents are hockey parents and they drive their kids all around the country for hockey games. I take my son to go see vending machines!”
 
Chandler has received kindness from so many strangers. Hospital administrators have walked from through buildings so that he can collect photos, employees and business owners have talked to him on the phone and sent him vending machine photos.
 
It hasn’t all been a fun and easy journey, though. When Chandler was younger, he was receiving 40 hours a week of in-home therapy. Unfortunately, it was not what was needed in his particular case.
“We were a family in crisis. He was really acting out. Behaviorally it was unbelievable,” Raymond says. “We were very proactive. We did everything [before Chandler came to Glenwood].”
 
“We were in a very dark place. I promise you we could not have this conversation if it was not for Glenwood. I don’t know how we would have survived. We did all this stuff and the solution was Glenwood and the team. I promise you, they have saved lives- families. He knows what he gets from Glenwood. It’s his home, it’s his support group, it’s his environment. He just knows they have changed his life and changed ours,” says Chandler’s father.
 
“Having a person in your life [with autism] has its challenges. And this is an unexpected reward, that he would find something that fulfilled his life. As a parent you just want your children to be happy and this makes him incredibly happy.”
 
Currently Chandler is in a program at Glenwood’s Sullivan Center helping to transition him to adult programs. He is also part of Glenwood’s residential program for adults. His teachers help him work on life skills such as cooking, cleaning dishes and clothes, and spending money. He loves math and reading. Today, Chandler is very verbal and will tell you all about his iPad, the pictures of vending machines he collects on it, and where they are located. He might even ask you to take some photos for him when you leave.
 
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YOU can help add to Chandler’s vending machine project. Send us your vending machine photos from all around the United States! SHARE this post and let’s see how many we can get!
Specifically Chandler likes vending machines:
-In the United States (knowing the exact store or location is great!)
-His favorites are drink machines, because of the graphics and the buttons
-He especially likes what he calls “rare” machines that have special or custom graphics, like a logo or sports mascot
Please post your vending machine pictures in the comments or email them to vendingmachines@glenwood.org.
 
“If people help [send him vending machine pictures], it’s like turning on the Christmas lights to him every day. You know you are giving purely.” -Raymond, Chandler’s father
 
April is Autism Acceptance Month, where we celebrate those on the spectrum, their families, and the people who help to better their lives. Glenwood is proud to be a leader in serving families touched by autism. Unique in the services we provide from as early as 15 months throughout adulthood, Glenwood served more than 7,000 families last year. To learn more about Glenwood and the work they do with people on the autism spectrum, and how you can further help, visit www.glenwood.org.
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Chandler Loves Vending Machines

This is Chandler and he LOVES vending machines. So much so that he currently has 14,000 photos of them. And he wants more! Chandler is a resident at Glenwood, a nonprofit that helps people of all ages on the autism spectrum, from early childhood diagnosis and through their adult lives.

When he was very young, Chandler was non-verbal. His parents say when they left grocery stores, he would have meltdowns. He would cry and cry and he couldn’t communicate why he was upset. Then one day they realized what he wanted. “We realized it was something about these machines,” says Chandler’s father, Raymond. “He wanted to go look at it.”

And ever since then, Chandler has been seeking out vending machines. Since becoming verbal, he’s been able to communicate more of what he wants and likes about the machines. He loves the graphics, the logos, the button types. He loves drink machines specifically, but he, himself, has never cared for drinking soda.

He wants to see as many as he can and visit them to take their photo. Right now, his collection includes more than 14,000 pictures. He gets these photos either by visiting the vending machines personally or by asking others to take photos and send them to him. In his free time, he likes to research locations and pinpoint exactly where unseen vending machines are. And if you ask him about where one is, he will remember and tell you.

“He has the most amazing memory of anyone I’ve ever known,” says his father. “He’s running a business, a research project without even realizing it. He’s collecting data and he wants more. I’ve heard him talk to the administrators of universities, tell them who he is, what he’s doing, and get them to walk down the hall and get him pictures of vending machines. He researches and this is how he connects with people. It’s his connection to the world… If I had his photographic memory and his ability to negotiate, I’d be famous. And to think he couldn’t express this to anyone for such a long time. And now with the work of professionals, he can.”

When Chandler visits his father, they go on trips to document vending machines. Chandler will find a location and plan where they will go. Sometimes it takes them on car trips around 2.5 hours just to see one. It’s become a connection they share. Raymond says, “Some parents are hockey parents and they drive their kids all around the country for hockey games. I take my son to go see vending machines!”

Chandler has received kindness from so many strangers. Hospital administrators have walked from through buildings so that he can collect photos, employees and business owners have talked to him on the phone and sent him vending machine photos.

It hasn’t all been a fun and easy journey, though. When Chandler was younger, he was receiving 40 hours a week of in-home therapy. Unfortunately, it was not what was needed in his particular case.

“We were a family in crisis. He was really acting out. Behaviorally it was unbelievable,” Raymond says. “We were very proactive. We did everything [before Chandler came to Glenwood].”

“We were in a very dark place. I promise you we could not have this conversation if it was not for Glenwood. I don’t know how we would have survived. We did all this stuff and the solution was Glenwood and the team. I promise you, they have saved lives- families. He knows what he gets from Glenwood. It’s his home, it’s his support group, it’s his environment. He just knows they have changed his life and changed ours,” says Chandler’s father.

“Having a person in your life [with autism] has its challenges. And this is an unexpected reward, that he would find something that fulfilled his life. As a parent you just want your children to be happy and this makes him incredibly happy.”

Currently, Chandler is in a program at Glenwood’s Sullivan Center helping to transition him to adult programs. He is also part of Glenwood’s residential program for adults. His teachers help him work on life skills such as cooking, cleaning dishes and clothes, and spending money. He loves math and reading. Today, Chandler is very verbal and will tell you all about his iPad, the pictures of vending machines he collects on it, and where they are located. He might even ask you to take some photos for him when you leave.

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YOU can help add to Chandler’s vending machine project.

Send us your vending machine photos from all around the United States! 

Specifically, Chandler likes vending machines:

  • In the United States (knowing the exact store or location is great!)
  • His favorites are drink machines, because of the graphics and the buttons
  • He especially likes what he calls “rare” machines that have special or custom graphics, like a logo or sports mascot

Please email your photo to vendingmachines@glenwood.org.

“If people help [send him vending machine pictures], it’s like turning on the Christmas lights to him every day. You know you are giving purely.” -Raymond, Chandler’s father.

April is Autism Acceptance Month, where we celebrate those on the spectrum, their families, and the people who help to better their lives. Glenwood is proud to be a leader in serving families touched by autism. Unique in the services we provide from as early as 15 months throughout adulthood, Glenwood served more than 7,000 families last year. To learn more about Glenwood and the work they do with people on the autism spectrum, and how you can further help, visit www.glenwood.org.

#autism

#autismacceptance

#autismacceptancemonth

#chandlersvendingmachines

Chandler has already received many responses from as far away as Sydney, Australia! Here are a few photos Chandler has received already:

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Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month begins in April and you may notice a growing change. The autism community is shifting from Awareness to Acceptance. “It’s not enough to know that someone has autism, we need to accept and push for inclusion so that individuals can fully participate in our social fabric,” said Christopher Banks, president and CEO of the Autism Society.

The prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 54 in 2020. Autism Acceptance Month is a time to push for more opportunities, community partnerships, and more inclusive experiences for people with autism. Click here to read more about the change to acceptance. Glenwood is proud to be a leader in serving families touched by autism. Unique in the services we provide from as early as 15 months throughout adulthood, Glenwood served more than 7,000 families last year.

As Autism Acceptance Month continues, we will be celebrating those on the spectrum, their families, and the people who help to better their lives. We look forward to sharing these stories with you!

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RUBI Autism Network

ABA PARENT TRAINING:

INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAM

RUBI is an eleven-week research-based program designed for caregivers of children 3 to 12 with a diagnosis of autism. The program consists of 11 core weekly sessions including functional assessment of target behaviors, antecedent and preventative strategies, functional communication training, reinforcement strategies, and instruction in teaching of daily living skills. Outcomes typically include reduced behavioral concerns and increased functional communication and independence in the home setting.

Learn how to:

  • Apply Behavioral Principles
  • Develop Prevention Strategies
  • Use Effective Reinforcement
  • Teach New Skills
  • Plan for Generalization and Maintenance
  • Address Behavioral Concerns in the Home

Short-term program meets with parents individually.
Meets weekly for one-hour sessions over 11-14 weeks.
Can include sessions on sleep problems and/or toileting concerns.
Accept most insurance plans including BCBS, Medicaid, Allkids, Peehip, SEIB, Tricare and UHC.

For more information contact Glenwood’s Intake Coordinator Lisa Braxton at 205-939-1088 or Sacha Toth, PhD at 205-212-6721.

Glenwood Outpatient Services
614 38th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35222

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Golf Tournament Returns in May

Spring is around the corner and you know what that means? It’s time for the 29th Annual Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament! We are back in May and the tee time is set for Monday, May 3, 2021 at Old Overton.
 
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, Fay, Bill Sr., Mallie, and Glenn Ireland. The Ireland family was instrumental in founding Glenwood 40 years ago to serve individuals with ASD and behavioral health needs in Alabama.
 
Special thanks to our returning Title Sponsor, King Acura, who has supported Glenwood for over 15 years! Teams for the golf tournament are almost sold out! If you would like to reserve one of the last spots, make sure to contact us soon.
 
There are other ways to support including hole, contest, and 19th hole sponsorships. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Jackie McLean at jmclean@glenwood.org or 205-795-3268.
 
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Watch the Big Top Virtual Event

We are ecstatic to announce that Big Top had its best year yet! We are incredibly grateful to the sponsors, Friends of Glenwood, auction donors and bidders, and all who have given your financial support. We also must thank the Glenwood Junior Board whose hard work made the event such a success.

With your help, the event raised a record-breaking $330,000! Every gift makes a difference and will go miles to help children with autism and mental health concerns, along with their families. What a blessing this will be during one of the most challenging years in our history. This has been an unprecedented year and your support is needed now more than ever.

Missed the event? Check out the replay!

Big Top would not be possible without each and every one of our generous sponsors. Thank you for supporting children with autism and other behavioral health needs!

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Big Top is Friday

It’s Big Top week and this could be one of the best events yet! We are embracing the new format and are excited by the opportunity to show how community support is truly making a difference. Friday night you will get to meet the people that YOUR gifts directly support.

Read below for information to help you fully participate in the event:

  • The live stream event will be Friday, February 19. It will start with a pre-show at 7:45 pm and the live event will be 8 – 8:30 pm. You can watch the live event via YouTube or FaceBook on Friday.
  • The silent auction opens on Wednesday, February 17. No purchase is necessary to bid on the auction. You can pre-register for the auction by texting bigtop2021 to 243-725 or click here and sign up for a Free Virtual Event Ticket.
  • You don’t have to watch the event to bid on the auction. Please invite your contacts to check out the auction, too!
  • There are still Watch Party Host and Friends of Glenwood tickets available. Click here to purchase.

Proceeds from this event will support children with autism and other behavioral health concerns, along with their families. There are many ways you can help!

  • Purchase a ticket as a Watch Party Host or Friends of Glenwood starting at $75.
  • Invite your friends to watch and bid. 
  • Share on social media using #bigtop2021
  • Make a donation at glenwood.org/donate or www.onebidpal.net/bigtop2021
  • Text to donate by texting bigtop2021 to 44321
  • Bid on the silent auction. Click here to register for a free ticket and view the auction when it goes live on February 17. You do not have to buy a ticket to bid on the silent auctions.
  • Support one of our Fund-a-Needs listed as the first items in the silent auction
  • Purchase a $10 opportunity to win a 2-for-1 package from Avani Rupa Fine Jewelers in Mountain Brook. $10 tickets can be purchased in the silent auction program. Package includes a pendant necklace featuring a princess cut black diamond surrounded by a halo of round white brilliant diamonds on 14KT white gold AND a gift certificate for a private party at their Mountain Brook location for up to 50 guests.

 
 
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Connections Newsletter Winter 2020

Check out our latest newsletter below or download it here..

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