Welcome to valleyautism.org. We’re here to share resources with families and professionals who care for those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Shenandoah Valley.

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


SVAP 5k Fundraiser – April 11, 2015

Harrisonburg’s 5K Walk/Run for Autism

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Click to Register online!

University Commons at Eastern Mennonite University

**Register by March 27th to receive a race t-shirt**

 Hosted by JMU’s Gamma Sigma Sigma, Circle K,  and SOTA

Individual – $20, Group/Team – $15 per person

**After March 27th – Individual – $25, Group/Team – $20 per person

(t-shirts will not be given out to registrations received after March 27th)

Click here To DONATE

(Click the link above and then the DONATE button in the upper right side of the screen)

Proceeds will benefit the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership

Pre-Race Packet pickup will be available on the evening of April 10th and prior to the race on April 11th.

7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Race Day Check in

7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. On Site Registration

9:00 a.m. Introductions

9:30 a.m. 5K Race Begins

Refreshments will be provided before and after the race.

**Unfortunately we will not be able to issue refunds, however all donations are tax deductible**

MORE INFORMATION SOON!  Please check your email for more information about this exciting event!

To view the course map please click here.

SVAP Autism Scholarship Program – **New Online Application**

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, and personal/professional development. 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.

Click here to apply online.

For more information or to download a paper application, please visit scholarship program link.

Sunday Song and Story Time

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren offers Song and Story Time every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. for special needs adults. We convene in the church fellowship hall for (as the name implies) group singing and stories from The Beginner’s Bible. Participants need not be from the Beaver Creek congregation; we wrap up with a snack about 10:30 a.m., so that participants from other congregations could attend 11 a.m. worship at their home churches if they wished. If you know a special needs adult who might benefit from Song and Story Time, please pass word along. More information is available from Bill Wood, who leads the sessions.

Beaver Creek Church is located west of Bridgewater on Beaver Creek Road. More information is available at http://beavercreekchurchva.org .


SingSOS/Songs of the Spectrum is an autism awareness project built around an album of original songs about autism featuring performances by artists like Jackson Browne, Dar Williams, Marshall Crenshaw and others.  The songs convey what’s so hard to convey in words alone: the experience of a family facing this baffling disorder, its unexpected joys as well as heartbreaks. The lyrics were mostly written by the father of a boy with autism, and the art for the CD and the web site was made by artists on the spectrum. All proceeds go to autism service providers such as SVAP.

Proceeds benefit Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership!

Members $10.00
Nonmembers $12.00

For more information about this CD and to order please contact  Lynda Chandler at lynCCC@yahoo.com .

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.