Glenwood Partners with Planet Fundraiser

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Planet Fundraiser, a free mobile app designed to help you give back without changing your routine or budget! Simply make everyday purchases at businesses listed in the app, submit a picture of your receipt & we’ll receive a percentage of the total. That’s it! Participating merchants include: Piggly Wiggly, Shipt, Johnny Rockets Summit Location, Jimmy Johns, Yogurt Mountain, Urban Cookhouse, and MORE.

Your participation will help support our ongoing efforts at GLENWOOD. Text “RAISE” to 444-999 to download the app or find it in the App store. Select GLENWOOD as your group of choice. Download the app and submit your first receipt today!

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Autism Rate Changes to 1 in 59

A new report was released from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report estimates that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The new figure represents a 15% increase from the previous estimate of 1 in 68. The report is based on a study conducted from 2014 of 8-year-olds diagnosed with ASD in 11 communities across the nation that make up the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM).

“The CDC launched the ADDM in 2000 to collect data that would provide estimates of the prevalence of ASD and other developmental disabilities. The agency laid the groundwork for the network in 1996, when it developed a methodology for estimating autism prevalence using information from children’s health and education records.”

Some of the factors explaining variations across the network include “differences in policies that affect access to services and differences in how children are screened, evaluated and diagnosed in those communities,” shares Daisy Christensen, co-author of the new report.

In response to the report, The Autism Society shared that “while much of the nation’s discussion has been on what has caused the increase, unfortunately little was discussed about the needs of all impacted by autism. Little has been mentioned about the growing disparity in accessing services based on income.”

Glenwood is a leader in serving families impacted by autism, yet there’s still so much to do. There are many ways you can help through donations, planned giving or volunteering. Contact Linda Baker at to learn how you can make a difference.

Click here to learn more about the report from the CDC.

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Glenwood Art on Display in Montgomery

On Thursday, May 24th, the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) hosted a reception for artists featured in their annual art exhibit. The month-long showcase featured artists that battle mental health issues who use art as a way to cope with their daily struggles.

Three individuals served by Glenwood collaborated on an art piece titled “Capstone” that was featured at the event. Their art was created to celebrate The Hope Cottages that were built in partnership with Capstone Collegiate Communities and opened on Glenwood’s campus earlier this year. When ADMH Commissioner Lynn Beshear toured the homes and saw the art, she asked if it could be included in the May showcase.

Art can provide freedom of expression and offers release for individuals with autism and other mental health challenges. The art that was created was truly inspiring.

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Dancing the Day Away

On Saturday, May 19, individuals served by Glenwood and the Arc of Central Alabama enjoyed an afternoon of dancing and live music at Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church. For the 11th year, Liberty Crossings hosted the dance for adults with autism and special needs served by these area organizations.

Adults with autism share the common human goals of being respected members of the community, participating in activities of interest, maintaining valuable relationships while living as independently as possible. The partnership between Liberty Crossings, Glenwood and The Arc of Central Alabama furthers the mission of these organizations, by giving the individuals served an opportunity to grow their friendships while enjoying fun and laughter.

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Golfers Raise $125,000 to Support Adults with Autism

On May 7, 2018, more than 100 golfers teed up for the 26th Annual Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament to support Glenwood. Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills hosted the Texas Scramble event. It raised $125,000 to support adults with autism. Today, there are fewer services and less funding for adults with autism than for children. The Ireland Legacy Tournament is working to change that, raising more than $2.1 million over the past 26 years.

King Acura returned as the presenting sponsor of the tournament, marking their 12th year supporting the event. Their critical involvement, along with the “Birdie” level sponsors: Regions Bank, Vulcan Materials Company, Marathon Electrical Contractors and Southern Power, helped make this event successful for the adults served by Glenwood. The tournament was organized by a group of committed volunteers: Robin Savage, Philip Young, Mallie M. Ireland, Bill Ireland, Jr., Dowe Bynum, Christine Lewter, Ed Sledge, Glenn Drennen, David Courtenay, Cullom Walker and Marvin Thornton.

For more information, contact Julie Luker at

King Acura golf team

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2018 Glenwood Endowed Lecture at UAB

On Friday, April 13th, parenting expert Dr. Patrick Friman will present EIBI, ASD, and The Forward March of Behavior Analysis. Dr. Friman is Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 


This FREE lelcture will be at 11:00 a.m. at UAB Hill Student Center. At the conclusion of his presentation, participants will be able to describe the fundamental attribution error & its relevance to behavior analysis, describe the core idea in behavior analysis & describe why the core idea in behavior analysis is superior to more popular ideas about behavior (especially problem behavior).

Learn more and RSVP at

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Glenwood Career Fair on February 9th

Glenwood will be hosting a Career Fair on Friday, February 9 from 10am-6pm. We are looking for hardworking individuals interested in becoming Direct Support Professionals!

If you have any questions or are interested in attending, please pre-register by calling Mrs. McKinney at 205-970-1249. 


We have wonderful opportunities to work in our Residential Services programs making a positive impact and difference in the lives of children and adults with an Autism diagnosis

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES include but are not limited to the following:

-Provide direct care for the individuals served…following resident’s Individual Plan of Care (IPC), policies and procedures, emphasizing non-averse, positive programming and interactions
-Provide support services for residents, staff and facility
-Transport/accompany residents to/from school, dining facility and planned activities
-Safely operate facility vehicle(s) as qualified and required
-Documentation of care, services and daily activities in a timely manner
-Responsible for cultivating and sustaining a healthy environment in the home(s), as well as maintenance of the home, property and upkeep of company vehicle

**Note: This is not an exhaustive list of required duties.


-Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to people with respect for their individuality


-Experience in residential care preferred


-Computer skills preferred


-High School Diploma or GED equivalent required
-BS/BA in Human Services field preferred
-A valid Alabama driver’s license and must be insurable through the agencies insurance carrier


-Minimum 21 years of age
-Must be cleared through the Dept. of Human Resources Child Abuse & Neglect Registry as well as the ABI/FBI and pass all required pre-employment and background screening
-Must be certified or certifiable in CPR, 1st Aid, MCS and MAC

Note: Various shifts available subject to needs of the program

Adult Residential Services Program

Wednesday – Saturday

Wednesday – 6:30p – 12a

Thursday——2:30p – 12a

Friday——— 2:30p –  12a

Saturday——8:00a –8:00p


Sunday – Wednesday

Sunday –——— 8a – 8p





Monday – Thursday

Monday——11:30p – 9a

Tuesday——11:30p – 9a

Wednesday- 11:30p – 9a

Thursday—–11:30p – 9a


Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Friday—–11:30p – 8:30a

Saturday- 07:00p – 8:30a

Sunday–  07:00p –  9:00a


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26th Anniversary Golf Tournament in May 2018

The 2018 annual Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Old Overton Club. Stay tuned for more, or contact Julie Luker at for more information.

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A Gift for Glenwood

Chris Seay, of Seay Construction, along with friends and family, gave a lasting gift to Glenwood, Inc. this year.

Glenwood provides behavioral health care and educational services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and severe emotional disturbances.

Glenwood incorporated 43 years ago to provide services for children with special needs and now offers over 20 programs for individuals, spanning all ages. In 1974, Glenwood began with just The Allan Cott School using space donated by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Eighteen students with ASD or severe emotional disorders were enrolled. This was the beginning of Glenwood, Inc. Seay’s mother, Shirley Seay, was a co-founder of Allan Cott School.

Today, Allan Cott School is a part of Glenwood’s main campus behind Liberty Park, serving children with ASD up to age 21. “Our children need to learn and apply basic skills to function independently in a home. We identified a large storage space that we felt, with the correct visionary and builder, could become a small-scale mock bedroom, living, dining, bath, laundry and kitchen area in which to train children to perform basic, daily tasks such as bed making, cleaning, washing and drying clothes, cooking and dish washing,” says Dr. Shana Smith, Glenwood’s Director of Education Services.

To commemorate Mrs. Seay’s early contribution to the school, her sister, Peggy Balliet, heard of the need for life skills for these children and began immediately raising money to create The Center. Quickly after she began, Shirley Seay’s son, Chris Seay, and her grandson, Jonathon Seay, offered their services and the resources of their business, Seay Construction, to build The Center. They also enlisted the generosity of friends and business partners, as well.

“The Balliet and Seay efforts, along with the generous donations from their friends, family and partners, made this longtime dream a reality and a bigger success than we could have imagined,” says Smith. “Most of our students have sensory concerns, and we have also wanted a room to help them with those. Funds raised for the Life Skills Center exceeded that need and helped us create a Multi-Sensory Room for these precious children.”

There is now a plaque on the hallway at Allan Cott School with Shirley Seay’s image on it officially naming the area the Shirley G. Seay Life Skills Training Center.

After Chris and Jonathon Seay came back to Allan Cott recently to receive a commemorative book, Chris said, “When walking through the completed project and viewing the plaque, we were able to observe children using the area and learning from their teacher. It was special to take in the moment of three generations of Seays coming together to participate in the great work that Glenwood and Allan Cott School perform on a daily basis.”

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Thank you to our wonderful Pecan volunteers!

Here at Glenwood, Pecans are a big deal. The Pecans for Autism initiative takes a lot of work and love for it to succeed and we are blessed each year to receive so much support! Yesterday, we were lucky enough to have these five wonderful women from UAB and Holy Apostle volunteer their time at our Pecan warehouse. Together, they wrapped and shipped literally HUNDREDS of gift baskets and orders!

Sandra Sims, Toni Leo, Susan Jackson, Cissi Bernhard, and Cindy Puchta, thank you so much for your hearts and help. Today, we’re thankful for you!

If you would like to volunteer or learn how you can help our cause through Pecans for Autism, give us a call at 205-795-3353.

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