Our education programs connect families with information and
help our community become more accepting and inclusive.
Our education programs include:
Autism Education Workshops on a variety of autism-related topics of interest
Autism 101 for families with a new diagnosis, employers, & community groups
Lunch and Learn for families in the Fredericksburg area
Safety Trainings for police, first responders, and families
Online Parent Forum for parents to get information from and share ideas with fellow parents
Resource Directory of local providers and services
Information & Referral to connect individuals to relevant local resources
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 12:00 p.m. at the ASNV Office (10467 White Granite Drive, Oakton, VA). To stay updated on all upcoming Autism Education Workshops, subscribe to our email list.
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
To stay updated on upcoming Autism 101 sessions, subscribe to our email list.
Autism Lunch and Learn
Join ASNV, the Disability Resource Center and other Fredericksburg Area service providers for Lunch and Learn - a monthly family education session where families bring lunch and meet to share successes and challenges, ask questions, and connect with one another. Lunch and Learn is held the 4th Thursday of every month, 12pm-1pm, at the disAbility Resource Center (409 Progress Street, Fredericksburg,VA).
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 Yahoo 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.