The ASCV offers a wide range of programs for individuals with autism of all ages, as well as for family members, caregivers, and professionals, that include regular social and recreational programming; support groups; educational workshops; member events; and scholarship opportunities. You will find more detailed information below about each of our programs.
We shifted to virtual programming in March 2020, with a few in-person, socially-distant ASCV Member Events. We will continue offering our programs virtually until further notice. To register, click the program graphic or click below to visit our Program & Events Calendar.
The ASCV hosts a variety of social and recreational programs for individuals with autism of all ages and their family members. Our programs offer engaging, interactive opportunities for movement, education, and social connection. Programs include Elementary Social Group, Teen Social Groups, Adult Social Group, Lego & Game Club, and additional programming co-hosted with our Community Partners.
New in 2020, the ASCV hosted virtual summer camp sessions offering interactive group games, hands on projects, movement exploration, STEAM demonstrations, and opportunities to practice social, life, and pre-vocational skills.
Our ASCV Member Events offer individuals and families opportunities to connect with each other and have fun in inclusive, engaging, and supportive environments. Our member events are scheduled throughout the year and are free of charge to ASCV members. Our annual Member Events include a Flying Squirrels game, an outing to the Pumpkin Patch, a Trunk or Treat, our Holiday Party, and more!
Our support groups meet regularly, providing caregivers, family members, and siblings with support, encouragement, and a sense of community. Our groups are tailored to the age of the loved one with autism or the age of the sibling to create a community of peers and allow family members to connect with others to share information and resources.
The ASCV hosts educational opportunities for individuals with autism, caregivers, family members, and professionals on critical autism-related topics. In addition to our monthly workshops, the ASCV added our Speaker Series and Conference Series in 2020, featuring informative presentations from renowned experts and self-advocates. Autism Friendly Communities provides tailored training and guidance to local businesses to create an autism-friendly environment.
Throughout the year, we offer a variety of high quality, comprehensive educational opportunities for individuals, families, caregivers and professionals. Our workshops are free and open to the public.
New in 2020, our ASCV Summer Speaker Series featured virtual presentations and Q&A sessions with nationally-renowned expert speakers, including Dr. Temple Grandin.
The ASCV collaborates with local and state agencies and organizations, as well as serves on work groups and councils, to advocate for services, supports, and legislation to improve the lives of people with autism and their families. We also host an annual Autism Advocacy Day at the VA General Assembly.
Inclusivity is a core value of the ASCV and we remain dedicated to reducing income barriers. Scholarships are available for our annual memberships, as well as any fee-based programming, like our Summer Camps and Conference Series. Our Scholarship Program provides assistance for community opportunities, while our COVID-19 Relief Fund and Holiday Giving Tree program provides direct financial assistance for families impacted by the pandemic.