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Give Birmingham: Glenwood

When you have a child with autism or other mental health concerns, you need specialized help. With 1 in 44 children born being diagnosed with autism and 1 in 6 school-age children experiencing a mental health issue, Glenwood’s leading-edge services help 8,000 families annually.

In 1974 Glenwood started with a staff member working with 16 children in loaned space. Today Glenwood has 37 programs and 400 staff. Unique in offering a continuum of care, services start as early as 18 months and are available throughout the lifespan. The 363-acre main campus in southeast Jefferson County includes Allan Cott School for children with autism. These children live in four homes on campus and one off campus. Lakeview School and two homes on campus serve boys age 6-13 with severe emotional disturbances. Six homes for adults and an adult day program are on campus, too. In the community Glenwood has or manages 15 homes for adults with autism. 

Glenwood’s Avondale expansion offers evaluations, diagnoses and therapies, including speech and occupational. The Children’s Center’s Applied Behavior Analysis is changing lives for children age 2-6. A new Arts Center provides art, music, movement and dance for children and adults in Glenwood’s services.


In 2020 Glenwood established the Ireland House as a transitional home for children to help prepare them for adult services

In 2018 Glenwood completed its 9th and largest capital campaign at $10 million which allowed expansion of services to help meet increasing needs for families touched by autism

Fall of 2021 – Glenwood Arts Center and expanded Children’s Center opened

Glenwood is accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Services


Glenwood’s mission is to enable individuals to live life to their fullest potential. We provide an array of comprehensive services devoted to the protection of individual rights, anchored in the support and person-centered treatment of children and adults impacted by autism and other behavioral health needs. Outcome-focused services are provided through positive interactions, centered in dignity and respect of the individual’s rights.


The 18th Annual A Night Under the Big Top (March 4, 2022 at Haven). Black tie optional. Live music, casino games, silent auction.

30th Annual Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament (May 2, 2022 at Old Overton Club). Benefits adults with autism.

150 Glenwood Lane, Birmingham, AL 35242


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