Our support programs provide opportunities for families to find emotional and tangible support.

Support Programs

Our support programs include:
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Mini-Grants

 

Did you know that most autism therapies and services are not covered by insurance? Parents can end up paying over $60,000 per year in autism-related costs. Our mini-grant program provides reimbursement to families for autism-related expenses. Over the past decade, we've given out over $500,000 in financial assistance directly to families. We accept applications from individuals of any age with an autism diagnosis. 

The ASNV mini-grant application is currently CLOSED.

Updates on future mini-grant cycles will be emailed out to all subscribers of our general ASNV email list.

Please note that we cannot accommodate individual inquiries.

To be the first to receive mini-grant program updates, make sure to subscribe to our email list!

 
 
The Autism Partnership (TAP)

 

Are you an autistic adult or do you know someone who is? TAP is a life skills program planned, organized, and presented by autistic self-advocates for other autistic adults. Each meeting focuses on a different topic. Past topics have included managing sensory issues, romantic relationships, exercising, and more! The second portion of TAP is a structured social hour, in which participants can play games, talk, and make new friends! Click here to view information from past meetings and other resources.

 

TAP meets on the second Saturday of every month from 3pm to 5pm at the ASNV office in Oakton (10467 White Granite Drive, Oakton, VA 22124.)

TAP Meeting Dates for 2019:

Saturday, January 12, 2019 

Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 

Saturday, April 13, 2019 

Saturday, May 11, 2019 

Saturday, June 8, 2019 

Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Saturday, August 10, 2019 

Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Saturday, October 12, 2019 

Saturday, November 9, 2019 

December 2019: Annual TAP Holiday Party (Date & Time TBD)

To sign up for the TAP email list to receive our meeting reminders, monthly topics and program announcements, email tap@asnv.org.

 

 
Parents & Caregivers of Adults on the Spectrum Group
 
Are you the parent or caregiver of an adult on the autism spectrum? If you're interested in meeting with other parents to talk about how to help with job searching, fostering independence, and more, please join us! This is a self-led support group held concurrently with TAP on the second Saturday of every month from 3pm to 5pm at the ASNV office in Oakton (10467 White Granite Drive, Oakton, VA 22124.)

Group Meeting Dates for 2019:

Saturday, January 12, 2019 

Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 

Saturday, April 13, 2019 

Saturday, May 11, 2019 

Saturday, June 8, 2019 

Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Saturday, August 10, 2019 

Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Saturday, October 12, 2019 

Saturday, November 9, 2019 

No meetings in December

To sign up for the Parents & Caregivers Group email list to receive meeting reminders and group announcements, email director@asnv.org.

 
Support Group Meetings

ASNV seeks to host support group meetings for a variety of populations within the ASNV community at the ASNV Office. Support group meetings give the unique opportunity for people connected to the autism spectrum to get support and feedback from those in the ASNV community who are facing similar issues. Our current and upcoming support groups are listed below. 

Parents of Autistic Teens:

Are you the parent of an autistic teenager interested in opportunities for in-person group support? ASNV held it's first parent-facilitated support group meeting for parents of autistic teens at the ASNV Office in March of 2019! Adult caregivers with parenting responsibilities for an autistic teen (i.e. grandparent, stepparent) were also welcome to attend. If you are a parent or familial caregiver interested in receiving group support and discussing relevant issues with fellow parents, please click here to request to join the parents of teens group listserv.

Middle Age on the Spectrum:​

If you're a middle-aged adult on the spectrum with independent living experience, we invite you to check out this support group held at the ASNV office! This is a peer-led, discussion-based support group for independent middle-aged ASD adults in their 30s-50s to talk about and share tips on subjects like marriage, career, and parenthood. Email DStanley1994@yahoo.com to be added to the group email list to receive updates on the program, including notifications of upcoming meetings. Questions about the group? Email director@asnv.org.

 
Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication

 

Our AT/AAC Program offers access to tablet technology (both iPads and Android tablets) and a series of workshops on using tablets to increase independence. With great apps being created every day, tablet technology can be life-changing for autistic individuals of any ages. 

 

Our AT/AAC program is not currently accepting applications for tablets. To make sure you hear about it when the applications open, sign up for our monthly newsletter or follow us on Facebook

 
Family Social Events

 

Our family social events give children an opportunity to play and have fun in an accepting environment, while their parents can connect with other parents. 

 

Sensory Friendly Films 

In partnership with AMC Theaters, the Autism Society holds sensory friendly showings of popular movies. Tysons Corner AMC Theaters participate in this program. The lights are turned up, the sound is turned down, and you're encouraged to laugh, sing, and dance! Click here for information about AMC Sensory Friendly Films! 

ASNV hosts family social events and event-fundraisers throughout the year, including our Autism Acceptance Walk & Family Festival (April), Water Mine & Family Barbecue Event (Summer), ASNV Walk and FunFest (October), and Annual Holiday Party (December).

Stay informed of all our upcoming programs and events by subscribing to our mailing list!

 
Peer Mentor Program
The ASNV Peer Mentor Program pairs experienced parents of children on the spectrum with parents who have recently learned that their child is on the spectrum, would like support, and reside in the ASNV (Northern Virginia) territory.
 
Are you an experienced parent of children on the autism spectrum? Are you interested in giving support to other parents new to the journey? We need additional volunteer Peer Mentors! Click here to fill out our peer mentor application to apply to be Peer Mentor!
At this time, our Peer Mentor Program solely works with parents of children on the autism spectrum. In the future, our program hopes to expand to include other caregivers, siblings, and newly-diagnosed adults on the spectrum! Questions? For the quickest response, email director@asnv.org. You may also call the office at 703-495-8444.