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Archived News: Across Virginia
February 2011

VCU-RRTC nominated to receive Effective Program designation by the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Models for Individuals with ASD.

We are honored to announce VCU’s Rehabilitation Research and TrainingCenter has been nominated to receive an Effective Program designation by the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders project! In an effort to address the increasing numbers of Americans with ASD combined with the low employment rates among adults with disabilities, this project is conducting research on Vocational Rehabilitation programs across the nation. The project is federally funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The VR autism project will examine perceived best practices within the field and the extent to which they correlate to successful employment outcomes for people with ASD. A manual of best practice, programs, and models will then be created to assist current and future programs to more effectively meet the needs to adults with autism in the workplace.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Virginia General Assembly passes Autism Insurance Reform Legislation!

Over the past couple of weeks, the Virginia State General Assembly has passed legislation which would require insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based autism therapies for children between the ages of 2 and 6, a critical period for early intensive intervention. Senate Bill 1062 was sponsored by State Senator Janet Howell (District 32) and House Bill 2467 was sponsored in the House of Delegates by Tag Greason (District 32) and Tim Hugo (District 40). Next, it will go to Governor Robert McDonnell for final approval and enactment into law. Virginia would be the 24th state to adopt autism insurance reform legislation. Several other states are expected to introduce similar legislation this year.

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Autism Votes, an Autism Speaks Initiative


Commonwealth Autism Services hosts its 10th Annual Conference, Autism: A Step in the Right Direction, March 8-9, 2011

Commonwealth Autism Services presents a two day conference for anyone involved with people with autism. Cathy Scutta, OTD, OTR/L, BCBA-D presents a full day workshop on Tuesday, March 8 entitled “Intentional Teaming to Improve Learner Outcomes: It’s Much More Than Parallel Play.” There will be a Networking Reception on Tuesday evening. The second day will involve multiple breakout sessions presented by local and statewide exprerts in the field of autism. The final session on Day 2 will feature a panel of employed individuals with autism and their workplace supervisors discussing their work experiences. Scholarships are available and Certificates of Attendance and Type 2 CE Credits for BCBA’s will be offered.

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Commonwealth Autism Services, Autism: A Step in the Right Direction


VDOE offers tuition reimbursement for students in ASD coursework

Tuition reimbursement is offered for students taking coursework designed to prepare educators to work with students with ASD. Reimbursement may be provided for stand alone courses as well as courses that are part of a comprehensive certificate program. Only those courses that have been recognized by the Virginia Autism Council are eligible for tuition reimbursement. The Virginia Autism Council reviews course syllabi submitted by colleges and universities throughout the state. Courses that are found to be aligned with the Skill Competencies for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Serving Individuals with Autism across the Lifespan are recognized and deemed eligible for tuition reimbursement

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VAC Tuition Reimbursement Program


The Virginia Autism Council offers comprehensive list of statewide training activities in ASD.

The Virginia Autism Council is a state-supported council of autism experts seeking to define needed skill competencies and to advance higher education, training and educational opportunities for personnel and caregivers supporting individuals with autism. A calendar of statewide training events is available on their website.

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VAC Calendar


George Mason University offers an Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate.

The Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate program is designed to increase the professional training of individuals responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring behavioral treatment and verbal behavior training programs in schools, private practices, and agencies such as psychiatric hospitals and training centers. The Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares students to become competent practitioners of behavior analysis, and contributors to the discipline.

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