The Autism Action Group model brings together local stakeholders who can identify community needs and who will work together to pool local resources and develop ways to meet and overcome those needs, and create positive systems and policy change. Autism Action Groups© participants may include:
The Lifespan Connections Initiative (LCI) is implemented in the Autism Action Groups to provide the framework to guide AAG planning, action, and community needs based on the understanding that gaps occur from birth throughout adulthood. Young children with an ASD will one day be adults with ASD. The LCI will provide a framework to guide AAG planning, coordination, and program initiatives toward the attainment of the AAG mission and regional goals.
CAS initiated and supported the first Autism Action Group back in 2002. CAS is still committed to providing the necessary support to those communities interested in collaboratively running successful Autism Action Groups. There are currently eight Autism Action Groups in Virginia.
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The mission of the Autism Action Groups is to provide leadership in the implementation of a regional system of services and resources to maximize the potential and quality of life of each individual with autism spectrum disorders, and their families, across the lifespan.
1. Central Virginia Autism Action Group (CVAAG)
Covers: Counties of Amherst, Bedford, Appomattox and Campbell, and including the City of Lynchburg
Contact: email@example.com, or Jennifer Keller firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. at Central VA Community College, Merritt Hall, Room 5141
Resources: CVAAG Resource Directory
Support Group Flyer
CVAAG & Family Support Group Information
2. Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group (CRAAG)
Covers: Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson, and the City of Charlottesville
Contact: email@example.com to reach a local CRAAG volunteer or email Autumn Kaufman, firstname.lastname@example.org, CAS Liaison
CRAAG Meeting: 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., , 10-10:30 a.m. for Business meeting, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for Dialogue Series -Check calendar for more information and events
***NEW LOCATION FOR JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 ***
Meeting location: Albemarle County Office Building 5th Street, Old Lynchburg Road and 5th Street at 1600 5th Street, Room A
*CRAAG/BRCCC Special Needs Support Group meets 2nd Friday of the month at First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street, 12:30- 2:30 p.m.
*Lifespan Committee meets: 4th Monday of the month 10 a.m. at WorkSource Enterprises~1311 Carlton Ave., Charlottesville
*Outreach and Awareness Committee, email email@example.com
Join our mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources: CRAAG Resource Directory, Parental Concerns Survey
Like us on Facebook!
3. Fredericksburg Regional Autism Action Group (FRAAG)
Covers: All entities within the Counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline, including the City of Fredericksburg
Contact: Kim Lett, email@example.com , 540-373-2559 / 800-648-6324
Meetings: 4th Thursday of each month, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., at the disAbility Resource Center: 409 Progress Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Lunch & Learn: Last Thurs of the month from 11-12:30pm at the disAbility Resource Center: 409 Progress Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Resources: FRAAG Resource Directory
4. Greater Roanoke Valley Autism Action Group (GRVAAG)
Covers: All entities within Botetourt, Craig, Roanoke and Franklin Counties, including the Cities of Salem, Roanoke, and Rocky Mount
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Heather Overstreet, email@example.com, 800-649-8481, direct # 540-587-8990, ext. 22
Meetings: 1st Friday of each month, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at Blue Ridge Independent Living Center, 1502 B Williamson Road NE, Roanoke, VA 24012
Resources: GRVAAG Website includes Family Support Group Information and a Resource Directory
5. New River Valley Autism Action Group (NRVAAG)
Covers: All entities within Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Floyd, including the Cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Pulaski, and Radford
Contact: Shane Ashby firstname.lastname@example.org , Anna Caldwell, email@example.com, or Angela Scarpa firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings: 1st Wednesday of each month, 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., at the New River Valley Community Services Board, University City Blvd.
Resources: NRVAAG Resource Directory ; Online Welcome Packet; NRVAAG also has a Support Group
6. Piedmont Autism Action Group (PAAG)
Covers: All entities within the Counties of Patrick and Henry, including the City of Martinsville
Contact info: Angela McKissick, email@example.com
Meetings: Quarterly on the 3rd Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., at Family Preservation Services, Inc.,
1 Starling Ave, Martinsville, VA 24112
Upcoming meetings, August 15, and November 21
*Conference Planning Committee meets monthly, For more information on meetings, please contact Angie McKissick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources: Resource Directory; Monthly Support Groups; PAAG Flyer
7. Rappahannock/Rapidan Autism Action Group (RRAAG)
Covers: All entities within the counties of Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison, and Orange
Resources: RRAAG Resource Directory
8. Southwest Virginia Autism Action Group (SWVAAG) Covers: All entities within Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, Russell, Washington, Buchanan, Tazewell, Smyth, Grayson, Bland, Wythe, and Carroll Counties.
Contact: Heather Overstreet, email@example.com, 800-649-8481, direct # 540-587-8990, ext. 22
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Highlands Community Services Board, Abingdon
Information: Meeting and Workshop Schedule
Resources: SWVAAG Resource Directory
AAG meetings are subject to change, for the most recent schedule for each autism action group, please check the calendar of events