Summer Institute

Communities of Leaders in Autism (CoLAs)
Summer Institute on Inclusion for Students with ASD

Agenda for 2019 COA

Are you a CoLA member and interested in attending the 2019 Summer Institute?

Increasing Inclusion and Independence for School and Life
June 24-25, 2019
Delta Hotel by Marriott, Downtown Richmond, VA

Contact Emily Helmboldt at

Who Should Attend

  • Regional CoLA participants
  • Identified autism specialists and leaders in divisions
  • Educators knowledgeable in autism
  • Two representatives per division are invited, there will be a waiting list and individuals will be contacted if space becomes available.

Call for Speed Share Presenters!

Speed Share is a fast and easy way for divisions to talk about an innovative promising practice within a school or division- wide. Participants have 5 minutes to present basic information about their project and to share contact information with the CoLA audience

Apply to be a Speed Share Presenter

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lauren Kenworthy, PhD.
Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National Health System and professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Dr. Lauren Kenworthy

We are thrilled to have Dr. Kenworthy deliver our keynote address for this year's conference; "Increasing Inclusion and Independence for School and Life". She has worked with Fairfax County Public Schools to research and implement executive functioning skills supports within primary and secondary settings. She will share the story of why she and her team embarked upon a journey of developing executive functioning skills interventions and why these skills are vital to success in not only academic areas but also in the acquisition of social skills.

Hosted By:

VCU-Autism Center for Excellence

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Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center