Advocacy and Public Policy

We believe effectively advocating at local, state, and national levels is imperative to improve services and strengthen protections. This requires unifying the voice of the autism community and integrating legislation priorities across federal, state, and local levels in a coordinated manner.

Current Advocacy and Public Policy Initiatives include:

  • Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. with Autism Society of America (ASA) and sister-affiliates
  • Virginia General Assembly Day – community members are invited to attend a special day hosted by the ASCV to visit legislators to advocate for important local and state legislation
  • Ongoing advocacy is also coordinated by the ASCV as opportunities present themselves.

To learn more about current public policy initiatives and ways to get involved, visit ASA’s Action Center.

The Autism Society Central Virginia collaborates with many local and state agencies and organizations, as well as serves on work groups and councils, including: 

  • Virginia Autism Council
  • Autism Center for Excellence at VCU Advisory Council
  • Medicaid Waiver Network
  • The Advisory Council on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (TACIDD), advising the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
  • Region IV REACH (Regional Educational Assessment Crisis Response and Habilitation) Advisory Council
  • DBHDS Settlement Agreement Stakeholder Group
  • Special Education Advocacy Committee with VDOE