Free Monthly Affiliate Meetings
We hold monthly affiliate meetings, September through May (December exclusive), featuring topics and speakers of interest to the autism community. The meetings are free and open to the public. Free childcare may be provided with one week’s notice. Please check Meetings and Events for topics and speakers.
Children of all abilities in grades K – 8 are invited to join us for our monthly Inclusive Lego & Game Club. We have thousands of Legos for the children to use. No need to bring your own! We also have all sorts of board/card games that can be played with others. The group is facilitated by an ASCV staff person and volunteers. Parents must stay onsite, but are encouraged to gather to chat.
The ASCV sponsors monthly bowling outings for elementary, middle/high, and adult individuals with autism (Sept-June). Volunteers and staff are onsite to help support the individuals with autism as they bowl. Parents are encouraged to gather in the bowling alley to chat and network.
Asperger’s/HFA Teen Social Group
This is a monthly (September-April) Teen Social Skills Group (Grades 6-10) to facilitate peer interaction and development of social skills. This group is facilitated by a ASCV staff and volunteers.
The ASCV hosts bi-monthly Sibshops as an opportunity for brothers and sisters of children with developmental disabilities to obtain peer support and education in a fun recreational environment. Details and registration info can be found here.
Facilitated Interest Groups
The Autism Society, Central VA sponsors the following interests groups on a variety of topics. Interest groups are free and most are open to any interested parties. Dates and times for interest groups can be found in Meetings and Events.
- Adults w/ Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism Interest Group – open only to those with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome
- Family Members of Adults w/ Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism
The Autism Society Central VA sponsors workshops and conferences throughout the year on a variety of topics and at little or no expense to attendees. Current conferences include a “Life in the Community” focused one in November and an Annual National Autism Awareness Month Conference in April.
Social Events for Families
We recognize the importance and need for families to gather with others experiencing life with the challenges and joys of caring for a loved one with autism. To ease the stress and encourage parents to bring their families out for an “autism friendly” activity, the Autism Society Central VA sponsors outings including, but not limited to the following:
- Winter holiday party
- Spring family picnic
- 5K Run Walk for Autism
We also sponsor Autism Awareness activities at local baseball and soccer games, racing events, theme parks, and other recreational venues.