Staff Spotlight- Ten Years Strong

October 5, 2017 | Staff

In this month’s spotlight is one of our most accomplished and dedicated staff members. Lauren Haskins has been with VIA for 10 years. She came to us from George Mason University, where she received her Master’s in Special Education and completed her Behavior Analyst coursework.  She earned her undergraduate degree at UVA in Psychology and…
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2017 Gala Roundup – “It Takes a Village”

October 5, 2017 | Events

VIA’s 21st Anniversary Gala was one to remember — over 240 guests, hundreds of auction items, amazing food by A Pimento catering, good company, and dancing ’till midnight. We’re overjoyed to announce that we met our fundraising goal of $330,000.  And the reviews were all raves. In the words of one long-time attendee: “this was the best Gala…
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Autism and Public Safety Forum Coming Sept. 30

September 8, 2017 | Events

As people with ASD and other developmental disabilities become more meaningfully incorporated in mainstream life, it seems inevitable that opportunities for interaction with police or emergency personnel will increase.  And so too can the opportunities for misunderstanding. For families of those on the spectrum, it’s easy to imagine all the ways that an encounter with…
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Staff Spotlight – Building One VIA

September 8, 2017 | Staff

Staff Development Days are an important time for training, teamwork, and collaboration. Over the final two days of the summer break for VIA’s students and clients, VIA staff got to do all that and more. Monday, August 14 served as a chance for staff to prepare for the new school year. Some took crisis intervention…
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In “Aktion” – What’s New Around VIA

September 8, 2017 | Programs

The beginning of a new school year is a time for taking stock and starting new things across all of our programs.  Here are a few snapshots of new things in the works across VIA. Adult Academy – Kiwanis Aktion Club On August 29, VIA’s Adult Academy hosted the first meeting of Aktion (pronounced “action”)…
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Staff Spotlight – Meet Brittany

August 8, 2017 | Staff

Adult Academy Program Associate Brittany Mentor came to VIA one year ago from her previous position at Oakland School in Troy, VA. “That gave me some experience with special needs population,” says Brittany, talking about what brought her to VIA, “and I wanted to be able to do more.” Brittany joined VIA with extensive experience…
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VIA Offering Safety Training for Families

August 8, 2017 | Programs

In July, VIA offered an intensive course of behavioral safety training for a group of parents, staff, and local professionals. The sessions lasted 10 hours over two days and covered strategies for crisis prevention and crisis management. It was a substantial time commitment, but one that had clear value for the families involved. “I wish…
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