Operational Strategies

Problem Statement

The current autism service system in the Commonwealth of Virginia is still incomplete.

  • There still exists inadequate awareness, knowledge and funding for the true needs of the soon to be in excess of 90,000 Virginians with autism.
  • It is not prescriptive for the special needs of individuals affected by this disorder.
  • It lacks capacity (i.e., funding, trained service providers, implementation of evidence-based practice) necessary to serve this growing population across all stages of life.

We also know that approximately 147K people in Virginia have a documented diagnosis of autism or another developmental disability. 
Based on a formula calculated by the National Health Interview Survey on Disability and 2014 census data.

This challenge sets the stage for our strategic plan.