Update from Ethan Long

March 21, 2020 | Programs

To the VIA Community:
During this time of uncertainty, we are doing everything that we can to keep our students, clients, adults, families, staff, and supporters safe. As we closely monitor important, accurate information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia’s Department of Public Health, our intent is to remain cognizant and responsive to ensure the health and safety of the VIA community. Our COVID Response Team has been meeting daily (sometimes hourly) to develop plans for navigating this changing landscape regarding COVID-19. We have consulted with other schools, various insurers, other autism service providers, state government agencies, and our elected officials to assist in the development of these plans. As new information comes available, we will work to adapt and continue to provide services to the best of our ability. Next week, we will be working to provide remote services, supports, and training to all served by VIA programs. We have also created an online resources page: Please check our website and Facebook frequently, as we will update information for services as it becomes available.

To VIA Families:
We are here for you. Please know the entire VIA staff remains at the ready to help assist you if you have questions or concerns. This past week our staff have contacted you and discussed how we will continue to support you during this extremely difficult time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. In addition, Hilary Nagel, VIA’s Family Resource Navigator, is available if you find yourself in crisis. You should contact her if needed at: hnagel [at] viacenters [dot] org. Our resources page will send you to detailed information not just about essential services, but also to age-appropriate resources for learning and wellness activities.

To VIA Staff:
I cannot thank you enough for the dedication, compassion and commitment you have demonstrated to the students, clients, adults and families we serve. Your performance over the past week during these extremely difficult times has been exemplary. No doubt the coming weeks will bring new challenges, but I feel extremely confident that the talented, passionate, and dedicated team at VIA will find ways to overcome and support the people and families we serve. It is a privilege to work with you. Thank you.


Ethan Long, President
Virginia Institute of Autism