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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Avenues of Engagement — Meet Adult Academy Client Erik

July 31, 2017 | Adult

Name: Erik Age: 23 @VIA: 3 years. Currently a client in the Adult Academy. Enjoys: Volunteering at Bellair Farm Exercise Shopping Developing independence in the kitchen Outside of VIA: Erik is an avid horseback rider and runner, participating in various area races, as well as Virginia Special Olympics. His family enjoys seeing him engage with his…
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VIA Welcomes New Director of Finance and Administration

July 21, 2017 | Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charlottesville, Virginia, July 21, 2017. Ed Gillaspie Brings Veteran Leadership to a Growing Organization The Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) announces the appointment of Ed Gillaspie to the newly-created position of Director of Finance and Administration.  He started in this new position on July 17th. Gillaspie comes to VIA with an established…
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VIA’s Families Rise to the Challenge

July 5, 2017 | JCH School

There are two things that are very clear about having a child with special needs: the amount of work it takes, and the amount of love that it produces. Meet Wesley and his family.  Wesley has been a student at VIA’s James C. Hormel School for over 3 years. He’s a robust teen now, but…
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Staff Spotlight — What’s Special in Special Ed

July 5, 2017 | Staff

The end of the school year usually means standardized testing. That’s true at public schools and it’s true here at VIA as well. This year, more VIA students passed their SOLs (state standards of learning tests) than ever before, and a few others came close enough to gain high school credits. In this month’s spotlight,…
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Welcome Einar!

June 29, 2017 | Staff

New Director of Clinical Services Joins the Virginia Institute of Autism Appointment of Dr. Einar Ingvarsson Builds on VIA’s Tradition of Clinical Excellence Charlottesville, Virginia, June 19, 2017 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.  A new arrival at the Virginia Institute of Autsim (VIA) is helping the organization build on its tradition of excellence in the delivery…
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