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Archived News: Across Virginia
June 2012

Exciting News to Share from the June 5th Bon Secours St. Mary’s Project SEARCH Celebration

Seven high school students from Henrico County Schools graduated from a special Project SEARCH program at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Although there are Project SEARCH sites all over the country, this is the only one to focus specifically on individuals with autism spectrum disorders and to include a research component, as Tilden Bowditch of The Richmond Times Dispatch (June 6, 2012) reported. The most exciting news was saved until the end of the graduation celebration, when Toni Ardabell, the Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary's, announced that all seven students were being offered paid employment at the hospital starting in August. Congratulations to All!

To view a video of the graduation and read the entire article, click here.


Greensville County Schools Establish Regular “Autism Team” Meetings!

Greensville County Public Schools is off to the races! While the partnership between Greensville County Public Schools and VCU-ACE produced a nicely-structured and functional Autism Service Improvement Plan, Greensville recently recognized a need not being met in the plan and took matters in their own hands. Bridget Brown, from Edward Wyatt Middle School, and Marchae Cannady, from Greensville Elementary School, have now established a bi-monthly “autism team” meeting, where they and their staffs meet to discuss delivery of instruction, classroom management, and how to improve the delivery of services to their students. All staff are welcome to attend these meetings and often the group is made up of other special education teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals, who are not currently working with students on the spectrum but who want to be informed. These meetings have resulted in more communication and collaboration between classrooms and schools and serve as a perfect example of ‘building capacity within a division.’ Kudos to the folks at Greensville County Public Schools for taking the initiative to launch this program! VCU-ACE is proud to be working with such a dedicated and creative team of professionals.


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