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VIA Announces Planning for New Facility

November 7, 2019 | Adult

On Wednesday night, Virginia Institute of Autism board members, families, and friends got their first look at the future home of the Center for Adolescent and Adult Autism Services (CAAAS) at 491 Hillsdale Drive in Charlottesville. VIA President Ethan Long, Director of Finance & Administration Ed Gillaspie, and other personnel welcomed nearly 100 guests to an open house…
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Spirit Week at James C. Hormel School

October 27, 2019 | JCH School

Fall Fest 2019 was a tremendous success! Our students and staff flooded the parking lot at our James C. Hormel School with costumes of all interests and genres. The always-popular Trunk-or-Treat featured popcorn and cotton candy, as well as a train for the kiddos to climb aboard. Big thanks to all who made this special…
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Heroes Among Us

October 15, 2019 | Programs

For kids with disabilities, and especially those with autism, acceptance and inclusion can often be hard to come by. The University of Virginia (UVA) Football Team has an answer—a program that it calls “Thursday’s Heroes” that gives kids with disabilities and special needs a moment to shine. This fall, three VIA students are being celebrated…
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Developing Diagnostic Skills at VIA

August 4, 2019 | Programs

Wait lists for autism diagnosis are long nationwide, and delays while waiting for diagnosis are a significant barrier to families getting access to services they need. VIA, and our partners at the University of Virginia, are working to change that. Recently, we worked with a team of researchers from the Curry School of Education and…
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Compassionate Care at VIA

July 1, 2019 | Staff

Creating meaningful change for families with autism requires not only scientific rigor, but also compassionate engagement in the therapeutic relationship. VIA’s May 8th Staff Development Day featured Dr. Bridget Taylor of Alpine Learning Group speaking about compassionate care. Dr. Taylor spoke about her practice as a behavior analyst, and her journal article “Compassionate Care in…
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Spring Science and Professional Development Roundup

June 30, 2019 | Staff

Spring is always a busy season at VIA. Not only is new life burgeoning, but spring also brings Autism Awareness Month and our annual Run for Autism 5K in April. This year’s spring schedule was also full of significant conference and professional development participation by VIA staff — expanding our connections and reinforcing and extending…
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VIA 2018 Electronic Annual Report is Published

May 30, 2019 | Programs

VIA’s 2018 Annual Report is now available in a beautiful digital edition for reading and sharing online. Click here to view it now. The report features stories on our innovative student vocational training program, our research collaborations with the University of Virginia, and our adult employment initiative VIAble Ventures.
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