Archived News: Across Virginia
April 2015

Register Now for 2015 CoLA Summer Institute!

Click here to register now for the upcoming 2015 CoLA Summer Institute!VCU-ACE is excited to announce the 2015 Communities of Learning in Autism (CoLA) Summer Institute! The theme of this summer institute is Practical Solutions. Regional CoLA participants, identified autism specialists and autism division leaders are eligible to attend.

  • June 24-25, 2015
  • The Westin, Richmond (6631 West Broad Street, Richmond)
  • Early bird registration through June 2nd $70, after June 2nd $90
  • Hotel costs are included for registrants traveling more than 50 miles one way (2 per room)
  • Register now!

Dr. Staci Carr will be presenting on "Qualify of Life in Emerging Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder." Everyone wants the best quality of life. Having, or not having, a disability does not determine quality of life. Carr's presentation will examine the influences of degree of disability, social and communication ability, academic success, employment, and independence and autonomy on quality of life in young adults with autism. Dr. David Pitonyak will be presenting on "The Importance of Belonging." Being connected to people we care about is critical to our emotional and physical well-bring. Many people receiving our services are sick from loneliness. Pitonyak will discuss ideas for moving beyond interventions and coverage to a system that supports enduring, freely chose relationships.

Other topics and activities include:

  • Social Skills
  • Inclusion
  • Self-Determination
  • Staff Training
  • Networking

Don't miss out on this amazing summer learning opportunity!