Autism Cares Foundation is excited to announce the opening of the brand new Adult Services Division!
In keeping with the Mission and Values of the Foundation, Autism Cares Foundation will be opening a new Adult Services Division, designed to partner with individuals with special needs to provide integrative resources for life enrichment in a safe and respectful environment.
This service division will be serving adults who receive support from either the Consolidated or the Person/ Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waivers. Services are scheduled to start on July 11, 2016 where we will be providing a day habilitation program located at our Resource Center, which will focus on building daily living and pre-vocational skills outlined within Individual Support Plan goals. This day habilitation program will also provide group enrichment and social skill building activities in a structured format, while utilizing evidenced based assessments and curriculum. Hours for operation will be 9am-3pm Monday-Friday.
The Adult Services Division of ACF strongly believes that every individual we serve and their families deserve individual attention and support to develop their own unique day habilitation plan. Please contact Beth Garrison at Autism Cares Foundation after June 6, 2016 at (215) 942-2273 to schedule an intake consultation meeting.
Welcoming Beth Garrison, CEO of Adult Services Division to the ACF Family!
Beth Garrison is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Specialist for the state of Pennsylvania, and Licensed Behavior Analyst for the states of Virginia and New York. She graduated in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Education in Applied Behavior Analysis from Temple University. Since 2009, she has worked as a Behavior Specialist Consultant for Behavior Health Rehabilitative Services for various insurance providers in the Philadelphia area. She has also worked as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst creating and implementing behavior acquisition and reduction programs for multiple school districts and intermediate units in the Philadelphia area. With experience in organizational development and instructional design, she has served as a Director of Training and Development, supervising staff working in the field, as well as designing and implementing trainings for staff. Beth has also served as a Clinical Director where she managed a team of clinical supervisors and clinical care coordinators, and served as a clinical lead for ABA programs for children and young adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
Beth is an Adjunct Professor for Temple University where she teaches basic and applied level courses in Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as “Careers in Psychology” courses. She is a member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, Organizational Behavior Management Network, Philadelphia Metro Area Association for Behavior Analysts, Applied Behavior Analysis International, and is a former Board Member of the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition.
Beth enjoys running, reading, crafting, and hanging out with her family, especially her husband and two puppies. She is so honored and excited to be part of the Autism Cares Foundation family, and is looking forward to providing quality clinical services for individuals in the Autism Cares community!
Welcoming Mary Pagel, Adult Services Program Specialist!
Upon graduation, Mary taught grades three to twelve in the Maryland and Philadelphia area for 27 years. While teaching, Mary continued her education at LaSalle University earning a Master’s degree in Technology and a Masters degree in Family Therapy.
Mary J. Pagel serves on the Board of Directors of Autism Cares Foundation providing valuable insight into recreational and developmental activities for people with special needs. Mary graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Chestnut Hill College.
Most recently, Mary works as a Behavioral Consultant Specialist with autistic children and their families for the state of Pennsylvania.
Welcoming Marlene de la Cruz to the Board of Directors
Marlene is global president of Adelphi Research, an Omnicom Group pharmaceutical marketing research firm based in Doylestown, PA and Manchester, UK. Marlene has over 25 years of marketing management and sales experience in the pharmaceutical and financial services industries.
Marlene obtained her B.A. in Spanish and International Studies and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from LaSalle University.
Marlene was a member of the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition Board for three years and co-chaired the BCASC’s annual conference. She lives in Holland, PA with her two wonderful children, Amanda and Alex, and husband of 28 years, Lee. Her motivation for her autism advocacy work is her 17 year old son, Alex, and ensuring that he has the opportunities we all deserve. Marlene also serves on the Delaware Valley University Board of Trustees.