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    Register Now!

    To register for the Communities of Learning in Autism (CoLA) 2016 Summer Institute, please contact your regional representative.

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    Submit a Poster Session Application!

    Download the poster session application for the CoLA 2016 Summer Institute.

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    Upcoming Training Calendar

    Check out our upcoming trainings for March-July 2016!

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    Beyond the Therapy Room - Integrated Therapy

    What is integrated therapy and how can it be used to support students with ASD?

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    Improving the Communication Abilities of Students with ASD

    Our Communication Guidelines and Resources support educational team members in enhancing the communication abilities of students with ASD.

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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 learning in autism


Regional Communities of Learning

Regions will receive technical assistance through the development and facilitation of Communities of Learning in Autism (CoLAs). Communities of Learning provide communities the opportunity to share information and experiences. This allows members to learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally.

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Tiered Model of Professional Development

Through the Tiered Model of Professional Development, VCU-ACE strives to meet the needs of all learners across the state of Virginia by providing training activities and resources for the emergent learner, developing learner, as well as division leaders who provide professional development activities and resources that will assist with systematic change and fidelity of evidence-based practices in ASD.

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Paraprofessionals in Autism Resource and Achievement Project

The VCU-ACE PARA Project provides professional development for paraprofessionals who serve students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the teachers with whom they work. The program is designed to create effective educational teams and increase the learning of students with ASD.

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