VIA’s primary goal is to enable our students and clients to participate more meaningfully in family and community life and develop skills necessary for success in less restrictive environments. We do that by developing programs that meet families at the point of need.

VIA operates three key programs for children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum.

James C. Hormel School is a full-time, year-round day school providing education and clinical programs proven to address the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

Outpatient Behavioral Services provides individual and group therapies to address the continuum of needs in the home, community, and clinical settings.

Adult Academy offers life skills, vocational training, health & wellness activities, and community and social engagement for adult clients across the spectrum.

We also operate a series of training and support programs under our Strengthening Families Initiatives.  These programs are a vital lifeline for families — strengthening their skills and resilience, and bolstering their ability to nurture and support their loved ones. They are:

  • Jump Start Clinic – An intensive, 6-week training course designed to bridge the gap for families with a recent autism diagnosis who are waiting for services.
  • Intensive Caregiver Training – Empowering parents to be more effective teachers for their children, and more knowledgeable advocates for their care.
  • Crisis Training for Families – Teaching families how to avoid crisis situations before they develop, and how to manage them and stay safe when they do.