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    Return to School

    The transition back to school can also be challenging, stressful, and difficult to navigate for many students. Check out the resources to support administrators, students, & staff as they navigate their return to school.

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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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    Return to School

    Consistent communication with students and caregivers is key to continued success and transition back to the in-person learning environment. Click below to access a questionnaire designed to assist educators and caregivers to continue to work collaboratively as students start to return to in-person learning.

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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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    "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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    COVID-19

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

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    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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VARC

 

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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