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    Return to School

    When students return to school this year, there may be changes due to COVID-19. VCU-ACE has created several new resources to help support students as they navigate new rules, new routines, and new expectations.

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    Parents and Teachers as Collaborative Partners

    Special Educators and Families know that children and youth with special needs learn by doing. These fillable forms are designed to help special educators and families develop plans to help children with disabilities learn from home routines.

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  • Join us for our weekly VCU-ACE Zoom Meetings. Lunch and Learn, Thursdays 12-1pm. An interactive and secure Zoom meeting addressing different topics each week. There will be a short presentation with a time for Q&A.

    "Lunch and Learn" for Parents

    Join us for our weekly VCU-ACE Zoom Meetings!

    Thursdays 12-1pm.

    New topics each week!

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    Top Five Tips for Maintaining Mental Health

    A list of tips for the COVID-19 pandemic by Emily Helmboldt, M.S., BCBA, LBA, LPC.

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    Resources for individuals with ASD and their Family Members during the COVID-19 Closure.

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    “Arlington special-education program garners grant funding”

    The Order of Self-Determination, an Arlington Public Schools club for special-education students ages 18-22, has been presented with the inaugural James Keating Memorial Self-Determination Award.

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  • The Driver of Change.The history and mission of VCU-ACE.

    The Driver of Change:

    Learn about the history, beginning, and mission of the Autism Center for Excellence.

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    Safety for All:
    Autism Training for Transportation Staff

    Find out how to register for the online training modules.

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VCU-ACE is a university-based technical assistance, professional development, and educational research center for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Communities of Leaders in Autism


Regional Communities of Learning

Regions will receive technical assistance through the development and facilitation of Communities of Leaders in Autism (CoLAs). The CoLA provides the opportunity to share information and experiences which allows members to learn from each other and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally.

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The Virginia Autism Resource Center

The VARC at Virginia Commonwealth University's Autism Center for Excellence is a statewide resource center dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Through integrative research, outreach and collaborative initiatives, VARC promotes and facilitates best practices for those diagnosed within the autism spectrum.

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Transportation Providers


Safety for All: Autism Training for Transportation Staff

"Safety for All: Autism Training for Transportation Staff" is a hybrid training series designed specifically to meet the needs of this unique group. This training gives perspectives and strategies for working with students with autism and supporting their communication and behavioral needs in a transportation setting. Participants will first complete two hours of online video modules, followed by live discussion and activities facilitated by division special education and transportation staff.

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