It is said that “a journey begins with a single step.” One huge journey that begins with one such step is bringing a child into the world. When you learn that your child has autism spectrum disorder or a mental health concern, it becomes a journey for which the entire family needs a great deal of support.

We thank our donors for joining us in making the journey a better one for families touched by autism and mental health issues. Supporting The Renowned Care, Renewed Hope: Campaign for Glenwood gives life-changing care and hope to more and more families.

Donors made it possible for us to exceed our $10,000,000 goal. Much more important than any campaign number, though, are the people behind the number – people who are living – and going to live – better lives because of community support.

Earlier this year, Capstone Collegiate Communities completed three houses for individuals with autism on Glenwood’s campus off Sicard Hollow Road. Those beautiful houses on serene Turkey Foot Lake have now become home to 16 people who are enjoying the peaceful surroundings immensely.

This summer, in collaboration with United Methodist Children’s Home, eight children moved into our first off-campus children’s residence, Overton Home. And in Irondale, six women are now enjoying two community homes.

Overton Home

The heart of our campaign is coming to life with the purchase of three buildings to expand our services. Our new Glenwood Avondale campus is where we will provide evaluations, diagnosis, speech and occupational therapies and host our in-home services team.  Here we will also offer ABA (applied behavior analysis) services.

ABA is currently the most utilized therapy for autism in the country. ABA is an evidence-based therapy to improve social behavior. ABA therapy begins with a comprehensive evaluation of a child’s skills and current environment. Based on scientific methods, therapists help to develop new skills, shape and refine previously learned skills, and decrease socially significant problem behaviors.

ABA Services-Avondale

Heating and air have been added to our gymnasium and the pool has been resurfaced at the original campus. These are both important aspects of the health, wellness and the physical development of – and the social interaction and recreation time of – our students and residents.

Other projects made possible by the capital campaign include:

  • A memorial garden created near Harper Chapel.
  • Space for our Human Resources Department.
  • Start-up expenses for our Montgomery campus.
  • In Huntsville, Journey Academy’s educational programs for adults with autism or other behavioral health needs. Here, adults participate in programs focusing on the development of daily living, social, vocational and technical skills.
  • A vocational rehab program on Birmingham’s southside called Journey Academy Birmingham. Adults here receive aid in community-based living and vocational skills. They also have the opportunity for job training and coaching at this location.

Journey Academy Birmingham

Donors have recently helped us secure a matching donation from The Daniel Foundation to work on the Community Center and a few other important campaign projects. Projects have begun including:

  • An Arts Center – A visual and performing arts center will broaden and enrich the experience of people with ASD and other mental and behavioral concerns. An Arts Center can also help therapists address social and sensory concerns with those we serve.
  • Much needed renovations to some of our older residential facilities.
  • Long overdue renovations to our camping facilities.
  • Improvements at our new Avondale campus, including plans for a preschool, with an indoor playground/gymnasium, to serve more children and be a demonstration site where others can learn to work with children with autism.

Outpatient Services-Avondale

Early intervention is the key to improved outcomes for young children on the autism spectrum. The vision for our Avondale campus is that more children than ever before will receive outpatient diagnostic services, speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy and preschool services at this one location and parents will receive training and support. It will serve as a training site for Universities in the areas of Education, Psychology, Nursing, Speech, Occupational Therapy, and Public Health.

We are thankful for the support of so many donors that have helped provide hope to families on this important journey.

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Save the Date for Big Top 2019

The date has been set for A Night Under the Big Top! For 15 years, Glenwood’s Junior Board has hosted this premiere event to benefit children with autism. Over 700 guests are expected each year and are treated to an evening of entertainment at The Club in Homewood.

Enjoy live music, a delicious menu, complimentary beer and wine, and an extensive silent auction. The event is best known for the silent disco where guests dance the night away as they overlook the Birmingham skyline.

Funds raised by this event directly support children with autism. Your support helps provide diagnosis, treatment, early-intervention, education programs, and in some cases, full-time residential care. Treatment is focused on each individual’s needs including assistance in behavior management, communication skills, social skills, and daily living activities to help them increase their independence.

Stay Tuned for more details and ticket purchasing information. For sponsorship opportunities contact:


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Glenwood Lecture: The Neurological Basis of Autism

Glenwood invites staff and families touched by autism to attend a FREE lecture where Dr. Daniel Marson will present the field’s current understanding of autism as a neurobiological disorder.

Dr. Marson has lecture nationally and internationally and published over 130 papers, handbooks, and book chapters. Dr. Marson brings a unique perspective because of his personal and professional interest in the area of autism spectrum disorders. He and his wife Beverly’s oldest child, Tyler, has autism and an intellectual disability and is served by Glenwood.

The event is FREE, but your RSVP is required. RSVP to 205-795-3268 or

Event Details:
Friday, September 28
Glenwood Staff: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Families: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Glenwood Main Campus
Harper Chapel
150 Glenwood Lane
Birmingham, AL 35242

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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


Children Residential Services Program













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