A celebration of VIA’s expansion!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Grand Opening of our new outpatient and adult services facility at Remson Court!
“This building is a beacon of hope for people with autism,” Ethan Long, VIA’s Executive Director told the crowd. “The expansion will allow VIA to serve people across the spectrum, across the lifespan, and across the state of Virginia.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe cut the ribbon in front of the new 11,700 square foot building alongside several distinguished guests.
“Once again Virginia has shown the way to do it,” the Governor told NBC29. “I think we can use this program as a model.”
The Governor and all of VIA’s guests toured the facility after the ribbon cutting to learn about how Outpatient Behavioral Services is reaching out to new populations, and how the Adult Services Academy is bridging the “autism cliff.”
“VIA literally saved our lives,” Angela Sherman, one of VIA’s first parents, and now one of the Adult Academy’s first parents, said in a news interview. Reflecting on the past 18 years at VIA, she added, “Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine I’d be standing here today.”
Check out the news coverage of the Grand Opening:
Click here to read the Daily Progress article about how the new facility is helping VIA families.
Thank you to our Ribbon Cutters & Distinguished Guests!
Governor Terry McAuliffe
Rosa Atkins, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools
Senator Creigh Deeds
Jane Dittmar, Albemarle County Chair of the Board of Supervisors
Dr. Debra Ferguson, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and
Kathy Galvin, Charlottesville City Council Member
Ambassador James C. Hormel, longtime VIA supporter and champion of autism services
Mayor Satyendra Huja
Chris Powell, President of the Board for the Virginia Institute of Autism
Cherie Salerno, VIA Parent
Alison & Bernard Webb, Founding Parents
Representatives from our partnering school districts
VIA Faculty and Staff
VIA Supporters and Volunteers
Thank you for creating a brighter future for people with autism!
Click here to learn more about VIA’s services for children and adults with autism.
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