Graduate Student Heads to Texas to Help Children with Autism and Their Families

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Who:                Devin Spillane '17, a graduate student in health administration at Saint Joseph's University will join Autism on the Seas and travel to Texas to volunteer with the LifePoint Fellowship Church in Pearland, Texas, to assist children with autism and their families.

What:               Spillane and other volunteers will offer free respite care for Pearland families who have children with special needs, including autism, this Saturday, September 9. Spillane and others in the group started a "Go Fund Me" page to fund the trip. Any additional funds will be donated to help provide food, clothing and shelter for families in need.

When:              Spillane, a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, will leave for Texas on Friday, September 8. She is available for interviews throughout the weekend and upon her return to campus next week.

Details:             "My heart goes out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey, and especially to families and caretakers of children with special needs,” says Spillane. “How will they rebuild their lives and homes if they don't have help caring for their children with autism? I'm happy to offer my services for a few hours so that these parents know their children are taken care of while they engage in rebuilding.”

In addition to pursuing graduate studies to become a board-certified behavior analyst, Spillane works at the University's Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support.


Contact:           Office of University Communications,, 610-660-1222


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