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Perry Foundation Grant Supports New Adult Services Center

September 24, 2020 | Adult

With a recently-awarded grant for $250,000 from the Perry Foundation, and with generous support from private donors, the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) is not just responding to the current pandemic, they’re actively building for the future. For several years, VIA has quietly been working to develop a home for its planned Center for Adolescent…
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VIA Board Chair Advocates for Sustained Funding

August 15, 2020 | JCH School

VIA Board of Directors Chair, and child legal advocate, Molly McShane has issued an op-ed, published in the Roanoke Times and the Charlottesville Daily Progress, urging lawmakers and localities to maintain pre-established levels of funding for private special education day schools like the James C. Hormel School. Several years ago, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld…
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Working Toward a Safe Re-opening

July 14, 2020 | Programs

For the past month, VIA staff have been working to put in place the facilities upgrades, the social distancing cues, the cleaning and disinfection guidelines, and the extensive staff training, to successfully and safely resume in-person services for students at the James C. Hormel School. “This is a big step for our families,” said VIA…
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UVA STAR Spotlights Collaboration with VIA

July 14, 2020 | Programs

In their monthly newsletter, our colleagues at the Supporting Transformative Autism Research Initiative at the University of Virginia (UVA STAR) published an article highlighting the value of the extensive collaboration between VIA and UVA. “Our collaborations with UVA are a key component of fulfilling VIA’s commitment to bridge science and service,” says VIA President Dr.…
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VIA and Partners Address Needs of Special Ed. Students During and After COVID

May 12, 2020 | Programs

In a letter to state officials, the Virginia Institute of Autism together with national advocacy organization Autism Speaks, as well as the Virginia Autism Foundation, the Virginia Autism Project, the Faison Center, and the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis have outlined some of the key issues for families with special needs to feel safe and…
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COVID Status Update Page

May 7, 2020 | Programs

Current Status Update – as of May 7, 2020 — 4:00 pm As of the first week of May, in-person services are still suspended across all VIA programs. VIA staff continues to perform full time outreach, support, and remote learning continuity and to students and  to clients.  Current planning for re-opening programs is outlined below: JCH…
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OBS and Adult Services COVID Update

March 27, 2020 | Adult

Dear Outpatient and Adult Families: I am writing to let you know that in the light of guidance from the VA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the VA Department of Health, and the CDC, we have decided to continue the suspension of in-person Adult and Outpatient Services for the next month (closed through…
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