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VIA’s Mark Seymour Featured in Autism Transition Panel

April 20, 2018 | Adult

VIA’s Director of Adult Services, Mark Seymour, will be a featured panelist in an upcoming workshop – “Funding and Services for the Lifespan” on Friday April 27th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at City Space on the Downtown Mall. The panel provides a unique opportunity for experts from funding and support agencies as well as…
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Free Screenings of SWIM TEAM The Film

April 16, 2018 | Events

What would you do if the community gave up on your child? The Virginia Institute of Autism is offering two free screenings this month of the award-winning documentary film Swim Team. The film chronicles the extraordinary rise of a diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum and their parents as they build a team,…
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Spring Family Day at JCH School – April 12

April 4, 2018 | JCH School

James C. Hormel School families — please join us for Spring Family Day Thursday, April 12 starting at 9:00.  There will be coffee, juice, and donuts in the lobby to enjoy before or after your classroom’s performance, with fun activities to follow. Click here to view the flyer with the full schedule.
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VIA Statement on the Loss of One of our Coworkers

March 26, 2018 | Staff

VIA Statement on The Loss of One of our Coworkers Monday, March 26, 2018 From: Ethan Long, Executive Director Over the weekend, we heard some sad and tragic news affecting our VIA community. On Saturday night, Amanda Bates, one of the Instructors at our James C. Hormel School, was shot and killed. This is shocking…
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Call to Action: Legislators Need Feedback Now

March 6, 2018 | Support

Call to Action:  The legislative session is ending, and our colleagues at the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF) have issued the following action alerts about legislation that could have an effect on VIA services. Please see the documents below for information on how you can contact state legislators to express an opinion.…
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Call to Action: Don’t Cap Special Education Schools Funding

March 5, 2018 | Support

Dear Friends of VIA: The Virginia Institute of Autism and our colleagues at other special education facilities around the state have been following the progress of several bills and amendments in the General Assembly that could have significant effects on the services we provide. One of those is particularly troubling and could use your immediate…
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Ready to Order: A Skills Development Milestone Story

February 21, 2018 | JCH School

For many people on the autism spectrum, even the most basic daily tasks like staying focused and communicating essential needs, cannot be taken for granted. But they can be achieved by patient, compassionate hard work repeated over time. Recently, some of that kind of work paid off when one of the students at the James…
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