For over 25 years, the Autism Society Central Virginia (ASCV), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has served as the region’s premier source of education, advocacy, and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), their families and friends, and interested professionals. ASDs are a group of developmental disabilities that occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and that cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. More people than ever before are being diagnosed with autism, and currently, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that an average of 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys) in the United States has an ASD. There is no known cure for autism.
To fulfill our mission of promoting lifelong access, opportunities, and inclusion for those affected by autism in our community, ASCV offers:
• Free monthly workshops featuring expert speakers and free child/teen care for members
• Free weekly special interest groups to meet the diverse needs of individuals with autism and their families
• Information and referral services through our Website or by phone or e-mail
• A comprehensive lending library
• A monthly newsletter to over 600 professionals, families, and interested individuals
• Weekly e-mail blasts with important events and reminders
• Advocacy and legislative efforts on behalf of the autism community
• Summer camp tuition assistance for children and youth with ASDs
• An annual conference on topics of interest to our membership
• Social and recreational opportunities for individuals with ASDs and their families
Over the past ten years, the Autism Society Central Virginia 5k Run/Walk has grown from a small venture to an annual event that attracted over 1900 participants in 2011. Held at the Innsbrook Pavilion, this family-friendly race includes entertainment, food, exhibitors and a Kid’s Fun Zone. The 5K Run/Walk is our chapter’s primary source of income, raising nearly $73,000 in May 2011.
All funds raised from this event will stay within the greater Richmond area, providing much needed support to families and individuals living with autism.