At the 2016 Gala we honored Erika Viccellio, one of VIA’s first staff members, and a stalwart champion of people with ASD and their families.
The Stephen B. Perry Award recognizes outstanding dedication and service on behalf of people living with autism. It is presented in honor of Steve Perry, who served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Institute of Autism from 2003 to the time of his death in December of 2011.
Steve’s commitment and contribution to VIA was immeasurable. He did not have a personal connection with autism, however, as he learned about the challenges facing the families served at VIA face he pledged his time to give a voice to those that had none.
As a business leader in our community, Steve saw the growing needs of people with autism and VIA became his vehicle to impact their lives. Steve understood that to improve the quality of life and create opportunities for people with autism and their families, they must have access to high quality, evidence-based programs like VIA’s education, outreach and adult services.
We honor Steve’s legacy and those individuals who dedicate themselves to children and families facing the challenges of autism through this award.