• CoLA 2024 Summer Institute June 20-21 at Delta Hotels Downtown Richmond

    Summer Parent Huddle: Autism Support

    Calling all parents...Join ACE speech-language pathologist to learn about strategies and resources to improve communication this summer!

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  • ASD Paraprofessionals New Self-paced Course


    Did you know Virginia House Bill 325 requires training for paraprofessionals who work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder? You're in luck! VCU-ACE has a NEW self-paced course to meet this requirement.

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    Early Childhood Website

    Visit the VCU-ACE Early Childhood Website for a wealth of new learning opportunities for families and providers of young children with ASD!

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    How to Video Series

    Got 10 minutes? Check out the How To Video Series! These short videos provide a quick look at implementing a strategy with real life video examples on topics such as: Dealing with Change, Incorporating Strengths and Interests, Motivation, Graphic Organizers, Hand Washing, and many more!

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    Communication and Social Skills Toolkit

    Communication and social exchanges are essential to everyday life. ACE developed a toolkit to assist educators and families with some of the basic functional communication and social exchanges.

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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 Education 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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