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Our education programs connect families with information and 
help our community become more accepting and inclusive.

Education Programs

Our education programs include:

ASNV hosts autism education workshops at the ASNV office! If you have a topic idea or want to serve our community as a workshop guest speaker, contact us!
Autism Education Workshops


ASNV provides educational workshops, presentations, and sessions on a variety of autism-related topics. We hold Autism Education Workshops monthly during the school year on the second Saturday of the month* from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. via zoom. To stay updated on all upcoming Autism Education Workshops, subscribe to our email list. 



13 March - Autism Education Workshop from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

ASNV provides workshops and presentations on a variety of autism-related topics, ranging from an overview of autism to supporting autistic individuals across the lifespan.  These sessions are FREE, but you must pre-register.

Title: Update on Autism Diagnosis and Related Genetic Conditions

Speaker: Audrey Thurm, Ph.D.

Brief Description:  In this talk, Dr. Thurm will provide an update of information pertaining to an autism diagnosis and the diagnostic process, and current research regarding how autism spectrum disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders more generally relate to specific genetic conditions.


Autism 101

Want to know more about autism? Autism 101 teaches you what it means to have autism, the symptoms of autism, treatment options, how to support autistic children and adults, and more. If you already know the basics and are interested in other topics or have other questions, read about our other education programs below!


There's no shortage of information about autism. In fact, the sheer amount of information available online can be overwhelming. But mixed in with plenty of good information are persistent myths, misconceptions, contradictory advice, and even dangerous fad treatments. Autism 101 is an ASNV educational presentation that pulls together accurate and important basic information for you. 


Who can benefit from Autism 101?

  • Parents whose child has or may have autism, and other family members

  • Individuals of any age who are newly diagnosed, and their friends and family

  • Employers who want to understand the needs and experiences of their autistic employees

  • Individuals involved in politics or advocacy who need an understanding of autism to make decisions

  • Members of the general public who have heard of autism and are curious about what it is

  • Teachers or anyone involved in the education system who are confused about where autistic children fall in terms of special education needs or want to understand their autistic students better

  • Anyone else!



  • Tuesday, April 2 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (virtual)

Registration RequiredCLICK HERE TO REGISTER

To stay updated on upcoming Autism 101 sessions, subscribe to our email list To host an Autism 101 for your organization,  please email:

Lunch Bunch

Speaker information:


Senior Account Executive Northern Virginia

703.586.5037 (cell)  703.563.6279 (fax)

Remote Support Center: 925-257-3431

18 March: 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us for a quick workshop. TOPIC: “What Keeps You Up at Night?” by Andrea Vincent from SafeInHome (Serving all of Virginia) (Speaker is raffling a $25 Amazon for those who attend)

An Interactive Session to answer those burning questions about safety, loneliness, decision-making, work support, and other worries about living more independently – one step at a time – using waiver dollars.  Bring your questions and concerns!  We will build solutions to address your needs together.


Safety Presentations & Information

ASNV board member and ASNV President, Scott Campbell, offers live training and a comprehensive safety compendium for first responders, families, service providers and the general public.  

Download his safety presentation here or request a live presentation by contacting us. Are you the parent or caregiver of someone on the autism spectrum? Click here to read some tips and ideas for keeping your loved one safe. 

Online Google Family Support Group

Join our private digital support group to have your questions answered by our network of over 1,000 local families who are happy to share their experiences, ideas, and successes. This group is restricted to parents of autistic children and is moderated by ASNV staff. Click here to join the group

Online Resource Directory

To find local services, support, and other resources, click here to view and search our live online resource directory! Please note that the Autism Society of Northern Virginia provides resource referral as a service for our families; inclusion on this list does not indicate endorsement by the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, the Autism Society of America, or our partners. Live somewhere else, or need more resources? Check out AutismSource, the Autism Society of America's resource database.

Information & Referral

If you are looking for a particular service or resource and can't find it in our Online Resource Directory, feel free to contact us! Click here to fill out our online form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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