Welcome to our website. Our goal is to provide information about Commonwealth Autism Service and the wide array of ways in which we strive to meet our mission to provide leadership in the implementation of a statewide system of services to maximize the potential and quality of life of each Virginian with autism across the lifespan. Additionally, we trust you will find it useful in your search for information about autism, autism services, and providers, as well as helping to keep up to date on policy and research.
Commonwealth Autism Service (CAS) is pleased to be a major portal for this information in the Commonwealth of Virginia and does so in partnership with the lead state agency for autism, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). You can also link to the DBHDS site by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the page.
With a prevalence rate of 1 in 68, the potential exists for in excess of 125,000 of our fellow Virginians to have an ASD and for many more to be impacted by autism as family and community members. Our work together is all the more critical in light of the scope of the problem.
CAS welcomes your suggestions and comments about the site. We are committed to have it be an accurate, efficient, and helpful resource to individuals with autism, their families, and service providers.
We are grateful to our Board of Directors, staff, strategic partners, and individual and corporate sponsors for their tremendous support of our efforts on behalf of all those impacted by autism.
John A. Toscano, MSW, MBA
President & CEO
Commonwealth Autism Service is partially funded by the Virginia Legislature to carry out activities in four major goal areas--providing ongoing support to families and professionals, developing regional networks, providing technical assistance, and conducting conferences related to pervasive developmental disorders. Our Board of Directors and Advisory Council include representatives of state agencies, school professionals, medical professionals, parents of children with autism, persons with autism, attorneys, and other relevant stakeholders.