Hall primed for ED role
September 25, 2018—Newark DE Brian Hall knows that he has big shoes to fill as he follows Teresa Avery in the role of Autism Delaware executive director (ED). On July 12, Avery departed the autism agency, having served as the second ED over its 20-year history. When Avery joined the agency in 2010, there were 26 staff members; today, Autism Delaware has nearly 100 staff members in three statewide offices. Avery oversaw a period of continuing growth for the agency, both in terms of size and impact. Her eight years at the helm included the addition of more family support opportunities; the passage of important Delaware legislation related to autism; the creation of critical, multi-agency collaborations to help further supports for individuals and families; and significant growth in Autism Delaware’s vocational services (called Productive Opportunities for Work and Recreation, or POW&R, for short).
“Teresa leaves the organization in a strong position for growth with a solid strategic plan, a talented and dedicated leadership team, and a future of continued innovation in services for individuals and families affected by autism,” notes Hall.
“I also know,” adds Hall, “that the passion and commitment of the Autism Delaware staff, coupled with the dedication of our families and the professionals who serve them, will provide the support and energy I need to lead the agency into the future.”
“Teamwork” is the watchword for Hall’s approach to leadership: “All of us who work in the autism community are in this work together. We are driven by the same mission—helping people and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. To this end, we at Autism Delaware create and promote opportunities for individuals and families to live more inclusive lives,” explains Hall.
When Hall joined Autism Delaware in 2012 as associate executive director, he came with many years of experience directing residential and day treatment programs for children with moderate to severe behavioral problems. He brought this experience to bear as he assumed oversight of Autism Delaware’s programs and services during a critical period of expansion. As executive director, he will continue this oversight along with executive-level management of Autism Delaware.
For more information about Autism Delaware, visit AutismDelaware.org.
About autism spectrum disorder and Autism Delaware
Autism spectrum disorder (or ASD, for short) is a developmental disorder that includes impairment in social interaction and social communication. Individuals with ASD also exhibit repetitive patterns of behavior or interest that limit everyday functioning. An intellectual or language impairment is also possible. All these symptoms will first appear in early childhood.
In 1998, a group of Delaware parents got together to share their common experience of autism. They began by supporting each other, sharing information, and creating a vision for a better future for all who are affected by autism in our state. Over the last 20 years, Autism Delaware has grown into an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit made up of individuals with ASD, their family members, the professionals who serve them, and friends of people with ASD. With offices in Newark, Dover, and Lewes, Autism Delaware serves the entire state. Celebrating our 20th anniversary this year—and the 10th anniversary of our adult employment program known as Productive Opportunities for Work & Recreation (or POW&R, for short)—the agency’s mission continues to be to help people and families affected by ASD.Autism Delaware’s programs and services are supported by state contracts and generous donations from individuals and corporations across Delaware. Fundraising events, such as the Blue Jean Ball and DelAWAREness, help provide the income needed to make critical programs a reality. For more information on how to help, visit AutismDelaware.org.