September 7 – 12, 2015 is National Suicide Prevention Week

Do you have questions about suicide prevention such as the following”

Is it possible to predict who will attempt suicide?
Are there any national efforts to address suicide prevention?
Has suicide been linked to anything beyond feelings of despair?
I’m worried that a loved one may be contemplating suicide. What should I do to help him?

To see answers to these questions, visit the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s website at https://bbrfoundation.org/frequently-asked-questions-about-suicide-prevention


25th anniversary of the ADA

Patricks speaks about the ADA

July 26, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Listen to what Patrick has to say about the ADA.


Kennedy Forum releases 2nd edition of “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”

Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and AdvocatesThe Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008. The final regulations were published in 2013 and are now in full effect. For those being denied the care they need and are guaranteed under this law, The Kennedy Forum has released the second edition of the, “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”.

This guide is intended to assist individuals and families who need help filing appeals when their access to behavioral health services has been denied or when their health plans refuse to pay after they have received treatment.


The truth about ACEs

Infographic: The Truth About ACEs by RWJF on RWJF.org


Autism best treated in predictable environment according to new study

New research finds that being raised in a stable and predictable environment has the potential to reverse some autistic symptoms. The recently published study by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology seems to support the “Intense Word Theory” of autism.  You can read more about Henry Markram’s Intense World theory in the article “The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism“.   You can read a summary of the research study on the Healthline News website or the original research article in the Frontiers in Neuroscience journal.

 


Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Dr. Dan Gottlieb, host of NPR’s popular “Voices in the Family” radio program reflects on the “25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act” on the HuffPost. Dr. Gottlieb was also our 1st Community of Hope Award Recipient.


Free resource to support college students with visual impairments

A Guide to Visual Disabilities: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed is a free resource available to show how today’s colleges and universities are improving their technology and resources in order to help students with visual disabilities earn degrees. It also provides a list of online technology and literary resources students with impairments can use on their own to get ahead.


ADHD and Executive Function Deficits

Often individuals with ADHD have problems with their executive function and self regulations skills. If you are just learning about this diagnosis here’s an article written for CHADD’s Attention magazine on the “sleepy secretary” of executive dysfunction and ADHD.  Parents, education advocates, and patients will found it helpful. You can read the article, “Executive Dysfunctions and the Sleepy Secretary of ADHD” on the CHADD website.


Education Week has published their 10th edition of “Diplomas Count”

Diplomas Count 2015-Next Steps: Life After Special Education examines the transition out of K-12 schooling for students with disabilities, who account for 8.5 percent of the nation’s 6- to 21-year-olds, and profiles five young adults who are currently facing this changeover.

After spending years in a special education system that carefully spells out their rights and the services they should receive, students with disabilities often find it daunting to contemplate their next steps after high school. Should they apply to college, look for a job, or stay in the special education system until they “age out” at 21? See Education Week’s press release about “Diplomas Count 2015” for more information.


Patrick Kennedy and Dr. Marilyn Benoit

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and Dr. Marilyn Benoit

Devereux’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marilyn Benoit poses with Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy before Kennedy addressed a standing-room only crowd at Bryn Mawr College on April 27, 2015. Kennedy’s remarks focused on mental healthcare parity and the stigma surrounding brain disorders and addiction.

We are delighted to welcome Mr. Kennedy as the keynote speaker for our 4th Annual Family Resilience Conference on Saturday, October 17, 2015.


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