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Archived News: What's New
March 2013

March is a Busy Month for VCU-ACE!!!

VCU-ACE is honored to be among the many great organizations and individuals sharing their expertise and information in the Gallery of Success at the Virginia Transition Forum on March 11 & 12, 2013! Please stop by and see us if you are registered to attend!

VCU-ACE is also pleased to be a sponsor of Commonwealth Autism Service’s 12th Annual Autism Conference, Autism: Imagine the Possibilities, on March 13 & 14, 2013. Please stop by our Exhibit Table to learn about all the Professional Development opportunities available through our online training program and many of our other initiatives!!

Later in the month, VCU-ACE is welcoming back Barbara Webb, Ed.D., School Psychologist and Autism Consultant from Education Specialties, to present a Level 1 ADOS-2 Training and an ADOS-2 Update for those already trained in the ADOS. A special thanks to the Autism Society-Central VA for assisting with space for these workshops!!

VCU-ACE is dedicated to improving services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and to the implementation of evidence-based practices in schools and communities across the state of VA. We look forward to working with you as we endeavor to meet our mission, to build state-wide capacity to improve outcomes of individuals with ASD by improving the knowledge, skills, and understanding of families, educators, and professionals who support someone with a spectrum disorder.


VCU-ACE Announces a Special Webcast on “Autism, Insurance, and ABA in Virginia!”

VCU-ACE is pleased to announce a special webcast on “Autism, Insurance, and ABA in Virginia.” On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, tune in from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to hear Christy Evanko present information and answer pressing questions on this important topic.

Here’s what we know -- After 10 years of advocacy effort, the Virginia Legislature passed a law mandating that insurance companies cover diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder including Applied Behavior Analysis.

But many questions still remain -- What is Applied Behavior Analysis? Who provides the services? How do I access the treatment for my child with autism?

This presentation will provide background on ABA and autism, the new law, and those who can provide the service. Tips for both parents and providers on accessing the insurance benefits will also be offered.

Christy Evanko lives outside of Richmond, Virginia with her husband, two daughters, and one son who has autism. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Christy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst(R) with a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. She is a co-owner of Snowflakes ABA, LLC and works with children on the autistic spectrum using Applied Behavior Analysis. She also created a piano program called Piano Foundations for Children with Autism and writes inclusion books under the label, Good Friend Books.

Register now to view this webcast as it airs on March 26, 2013. This webcast, as with all VCU-ACE webcasts, will also be archived for viewing at a later date.


Don’t Miss the VCU-ACE March Webcast on “The Social Side of ASD!

On March 12, 2013, Amanda Armstrong, M.Ed., BCBA, Autism Coordinator for the VDOE Region 5 TTAC at James Madison University, will present a webcast on “The Social Side of ASD.” Although making and building sustainable relationships is something that many people take for granted, it is often an extreme challenge for students with ASD. In addition, knowing how to teach these students the necessary social skills to develop and sustain relationships is an essential skill for educators. This webcast will offer participants an opportunity to understand the social domain of autism spectrum disorders and an overview of evidence-based practices for teaching and increasing social skills.

This webcast has been approved for Type II CE’s for Behavior Analysts and Assistant Behavior Analysts. Information about how to access CE’s for this webcast and others will be available soon on the VCU-ACE website. And remember, all of the VCU-ACE webcasts are archived for future viewing at your convenience!


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