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.
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.
For more information or to download a paper application, please visit scholarship program link.
Mark your calendars now for the 2014 SVAP 5k run/walk/jog for autism.
More details coming soon!
There’s now an additional channel for keeping up with the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership: our Facebook page. Go there to find pictures from recent events and connect with your Facebook friends who are also interested in improving the lives of who are affected by autism “through community awareness, effective training, and support across the life-span.” Like us using the button below or go straight over to our page!
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!
For more information about this CD and to order please contact Lynda Chandler at lynCCC@yahoo.com .
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 .
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.
We are dedicated
to improving the quality of life for all individuals with the autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and other related disabilities.
that every person with a developmental disability has the right to live, learn and work in the most normal and least restrictive setting as possible.
A planning committee
consisting of parents and professionals meets to organize events that focus on topics related to the autism spectrum disorder. We also provide support, advocacy, networking and social opportunities for families and professionals.
this website to disseminate information and may also hold fund raising activities as well as recruit new members. We welcome ideas and input from folks in the valley that support individuals with autism. Click here to contact us if you are interested in helping our new organization grow!
The yearly membership fee is $15 for individual or family. Here is the membership form to download and print.
Please send your membership form and payment to:
Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership
4181 Brown Roan Lane
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Final State Regulations are now Posted
View the regulations at
“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).”
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
Voice: 703 923 0010/1 800 869 6782 (toll free); Fax 1 800 693 351