SVAP Autism Scholarship Program (online application only)

SVAP is pleased to continue our autism spectrum disorders scholarship program. Because of the generous community support and our annual “Valley 5K Walk/Run for Autism” fundraiser, we continue to be able to offer monetary scholarships on a limited basis for individuals on the Autism Spectrum, as well as those who support and care for persons on the spectrum.

These funds may be used towards services such as respite, therapies, safety, sensory equipment, assistive technology, and personal/professional development. Scholarship requests are limited to a maximum of $500 per year. This allows us to help as many individuals as possible. As each scholarship is granted based on the need, occasionally requests for more than $500 will be considered. Preference will be given to those who have not previously been given a scholarship. Scholarships are limited to persons residing in the following counties/cities in the Shenandoah Valley: Counties of Augusta, Bath, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren, and the Cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro.

Here’s online information.  And here’s the actual application.
Note: Once you have applied online you will get a notice that your application has been received.  Please allow 30 days for your application to be reviewed by the SVAP Scholarship Team. For inquiries regarding questions about the scholarship program or your application email

Transition plan update

The Departments of Medical Assistance Services and Behavioral Health and Developmental Services will conduct a Statewide Transition Plan WebEx on Thursday,June 25th from 9:30-11:30a.m.

This WebEx will serve as the first convening of the Compliance & Monitoring Team (C&MT) specified in the Commonwealth’s Statewide Transition Plan.  The Statewide Transition Plan was developed in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home and Community Based Services final regulation: 42 CFR Part 430, 431, 435, 436, 440, 441, and 447 and the Final Rule under Part 430 et al. in the January 16, 2014 issue of the Federal Register.

Here’s the official announcement (click to enlarge):

Official announcement

Transition Plan


Precious Time Program – James Madison University

Do you have a child with special needs?  Precious Time is a pediatric respite care program that provides care givers a break.  JMU nursing students are matched with families who have children with special needs.  They come into your home to provide a much needed break.

Please visit their website to find out more information and learn how to participate in their program.

Medicaid Waiver resource guide

“Virginia’s Medicaid Waivers for Persons with Disabilities, Their Parents, and Caregivers.”

This guide focuses on five of the waivers currently available in Virginia:

a. Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disabilities (MR/ID) Waiver
b. Day Support Waiver
c. Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Support (IFDDS or DD) Waiver
d. Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Waiver
e. Technology-Assisted (Tech) Waiver ”

For the pdf version of this guide, click on the following link:

“This guide was created by Jessica Cann and Elaine Ogburn of the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (Va-LEND), in collaboration with Terry Smith, Division Director, Division of Long-Term Care, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), and Maureen Hollowell, Director of Advocacy and Services, Medicaid Waiver Technical Assistance Center, Endependence Center, Norfolk, Virginia. Va-LEND is an interdisciplinary leadership training program at the Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (telephone 804-828-0073).”

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