Children See. Children Learn.

Check out this PSA clip on ACEsConnection: produced by a Canadian organization. Read more at:

November is National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month 2015

This year’s theme is “Respite: Care for Caregivers“.

R     is for “Rest and Relaxation”
E     as in “Energize”
S     as in “Sleep”
P     is for “Programs that can help you”
I     as in “Imagination”
T     as in “Take Five”
E     is for “Exhale”

Read more:

‘Sesame Street’ welcomes new character Julia, who has autism

Sesame Street new character with autismSesame Street has introduced a character who has autism in a new online story. In the story, called “We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3!” Elmo explains his friend Julia has autism so she might act in ways that are a little different.

Julia’s introduction is part of an initiative called “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children”. Share this story and tweet about the ways in which your child is amazing with #seeamazing. Check out “The Amazing Song” video and read more about this story on Yahoo! Parenting.


Play without Boundaries at Please Touch Museum

PlayWithoutBoundaries2015Play without Boundaries at the Please Touch Museum this coming Friday, October 23rd, 2015.

From 6-8 PM, the museum will be open just to families of children with disabilities.  Children will be able to explore the museum without crowds, bright lights or loud noise.

For more information, call 215-578-5133 or contact

Thanks for joining us at our 4th Annual Family Resilience Conference

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Patrick Kennedy pictured with Dr. Marilyn Benoit, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer.

We were thrilled to have Patrick Kennedy, New York Times best-selling author of “A Common Struggle” as our keynote speaker this year. Patrick’s talk was inspiring and received a standing ovation. We thank him for joining us.

Tomorrow is the Big Day!

We are thrilled to welcome Patrick Kennedy this Saturday at the 4th annual Family Resilience Conference sponsored by Devereux. For those who have registered you will find additional information below to help you plan your day.


Our conference is at PCOM (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine), located at 4170 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. The program begins at 8:45 a.m. and is in Evans Hall. Childcare is at the Activities Center. Both buildings can be seen in this map.


Limited street parking is available. There is plenty of parking in PCOM’s garage. Please note there is a $5.00 fee to park for the day. Payment can be made with cash or debit/credit cards. Evans Hall and the Activities Center are a short walk from the garage. If taking the elevator, get off on level #2 and follow the green/white signs.

Shuttle Service:

Krapf Bus Co. has again graciously donated their services to assist those traveling by train. The shuttle will pick up at SEPTA’s Overbrook Train Station located at 2195 N. 63rd Street (off of City Avenue), Philadelphia, PA 19151. Look for the green and white signs. Pick up times are approximately 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 9:30 a.m.

At the end of the conference, the Krapf shuttle will depart PCOM at approximately 3:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. to return to the Overbrook station. Please note: All pick-up and drop-off times are dependent upon traffic on City Avenue.


If your children are attending our free, onsite, child and youth care, please go directly to the Activities Center (green/white signs will mark the childcare location) to check them in.  Children will be outdoors and doing arts and crafts, so please make sure they dress accordingly.  Jackets, tennis shoes, and sunscreen are encouraged. 


All facilities within PCOM’s educational complex are specially equipped to be accessible to all. Evans Hall has elevators for easy access to its upper floors.

 See you Saturday!


4th Annual Family Resilience Conference

Devereux Family Resilience Conference Save the Date 2015-front

Op-Ed by Andrew Solomon: The Myth of the ‘Autistic Shooter’

Last week it was reported that the shooter at Umpqua Community College in Oregon may have been autistic. Andrew Solomon has written an Op-Ed in today’s New York Times in response to that report and a Facebook page called “Families Against Autistic Shooters”. Read Andrew’s Op-Ed, “The Myth of the ‘Autistic Shooter’.

Yahoo News Special Report: Patrick Kennedy breaks silence on family’s addiction secrets

Patrick Kennedy Yahoo New interviewCheck out an interview with this year’s key note speaker on Yahoo News. To view the video click on this link: Patrick Kennedy breaks silence on family’s addiction secrets.

Patrick Kennedy’s 60 Minutes Interview

Patrick Kennedy on 60 Minutes


Check out Patrick’s interview where he talks about his and his family’s struggles with mental health issues and addiction.




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