Autism Events and Sensory Friendly Holidays

November 30, 2016 | Events

The holiday season is packed with autism resources and sensory-friendly family events.  We’ll keep this page updated with everything we hear about through January. Check back often. Resource Fair: December 3 — Live and Learn Information and Resource Fair. 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at the PVCC Main Building. Sponsored by PREP/Parent Resource Center. Information…
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Family Support Funds for Waiver Waitlist

November 3, 2016 | Support

Stuck in waiver limbo and need support now? The state of Virginia has a program providing bridge support for families who are on the waitlist for intellectual disability or developmental disability waiver. The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) is designed to assist individuals on the waiting list for Medicaid waivers to access short-term resources,…
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2016 Gala Roundup

October 28, 2016 | Events

VIA’s 20th Anniversary Gala was held on October 14th at Farmington Country Club. Two-hundred thirty seven guests turned out in their finery to celebrate this major milestone with us, along the way raising a recordbreaking $360,000 for families living with the challenges of autism. That’s $30,000 over our goal and almost $50,000 more than we…
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Family Support and Information Resources

October 7, 2016 | Support

The Piedmont Regional Education Program Parent Resource Center has compiled a very informative list of local support resources. The list was created by Cheryl Ribando, with collaboration from PREP PRC.  In this project, Cheryl included local, on-going support groups spanning a wide range of disabilities, chronic health conditions and mental health as well as age groups.…
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Sensory Tables for Families

October 7, 2016 | JCH School

VIA has been the recipient of incredible spirit of collaboration and contributions of expertise over the years. Now we have another generous benefactor to add to the list. Just this week, Frank Bergland, a renovation contractor and skilled woodworker, came by to deliver two beautiful new sensory tables he had built for two of our…
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VIA – UVA Telehealth Partnership

September 14, 2016 | Grants

When the UVA Telemedicine division was building a pilot program to help deliver healthcare services to communities in rural Virginia, autism needed to be on the agenda. “When you talk to rural school systems and ask them to identify their key challenges, one of the first things they say is ‘autism,’” said David Gordon, Director…
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The Value of the Empty Room

September 11, 2016 | Adult

It’s a very functional, upbeat, engaging space, as rooms go. Exercise mats, activity tables, a computer work station. But today it stands empty. No one is using it, and Mark Seymour, Director of VIA’s Adult Academy, couldn’t be happier. This day happens to be a Wednesday, and so, as happens every Monday and Wednesday, a…
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