June 8, 2009 – Public Briefing JLARC Commission on the Study of Autism Services in Virginia

On June 8 the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) will present a report and findings on their study of autism services in Virginia to identify and evaluate best practices in the provision of services for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of autism; methods of providing services to persons with autism; ways to disseminate information regarding best practices; and provide autism education and training for law enforcement and judicial personnel.

Opportunities were provided to stakeholders, including educators, family members, and individuals on the spectrum across the state, to provide input to this study in the fall of 2008 during public comment sessions and during the winter of 2009 by way of online surveys. The Autism Society, Central VA Affiliate made our membership aware of these opportunities through the newsletter and e-mail alerts. Many affiliate members submitted comment regarding the needs of their family member with autism; several adults who attend our Adults with Asperger’s Interest Group submitted comment as well. The Board of the Autism Society also submitted comment during the public hearings in addition to submitting written comment on behalf of our membership. The June 8 meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in Richmond at the General Assembly Building in Senate Room A. It is open to the public; we encourage you to attend if you are able.