On the April Calendar:
April 4 – (1st Wed every month) – Autism Support Group, for those with a loved one newly diagnosed. C’ville Coffee, 1301 Harris St., 9:00am-10:15am.
April 12 — Spring Family Day at James C. Hormel School. Family members (including siblings) invited.
APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH!
We’re filling the month with plenty of ways to connect with VIA:
April 6 - First Friday’s Gallery Reception – CitySpace on the Downtown Mall – 5 – 7 pm. Join us for a reception, view our Autism Awareness Month gallery display, and meet and greet VIA families and staff.
April 10 - Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s – come out between 12:00 and 8:00 pm – and be sure to bring a few dollars for a donation to VIA.
April 11 - VIA at TOM TOM – “Microenterprise to Create Job Opportunities for Adults With Autism” — 6:30pm, CitySpace. The Director of Adult Services for national advocacy organization Autism Speaks, David Kearon, will join Ethan Long, Jason Brewster of the i.Lab at UVA, and Dr. Micah Mazurek of UVA Curry School in a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges of adult employment and VIA’s innovative new program to develop job opportunities tailored to the special skills and needs of people on the spectrum. Tickets are free but require a (free) Festival pass – available here.
April 14 - Run for Autism 5K - www.runforautism5k.org. Register Now. Kids Race starts at 7:30. 5K at 8:00 am.
Swim Team The Film: Join us for this heartwarming documentary about the family of a boy with autism taking matters into their own hands — forming a competitive swim team of diverse teens on the autism spectrum to provide opportunities for their son to compete. SWIM TEAM has screened at over 50 international film festivals, won over 10 awards. Two screening opportunities:
April 19 – Violet Crown Cinema @ 6:45.
April 29 - Fry’s Spring Beach Club @ 4:30.
Tickets available on the VIA website, here.
April 27 — Funding & Services Available for the Lifespan – 4:00- 8:00, CitySpace. Special panel on how parents can strategically advocate for access and positive outcomes. Guests include experts from Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, Region Ten, VIA, Worksource Enterprises, ARC of the Piedmont, Purposeful Architecture, and Faison Center. RSVP: specialneedsfamilyconnection [at] purplecherry [dot] com.
Upcoming program closures…
May 7 – All programs closed for staff development.
On the Horizon…
May 2 – (1st Wed every month) - Autism Support Group, for those with a loved one newly diagnosed. C’ville Coffee, 1301 Harris St., 9:00am-10:15am.
May 6 — Autism Day at Wildrock. 1:30-3:30, 6600 Blackwells Hollow RD, Crozet. *Free Event* VIA is partnering with Wildrock nature play and discovery center in the Shenandoah Valley. Bring the whole family, including your child with ASD to enjoy a day of exploring and support. Safe, fenced-in playscape allows you to relax and experience support from other families. Space limited to 28 families. Preregister by April 20 – hnagel [at] viaschool [dot] org.