Virginia Institute of Autism

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The Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) is a school for autistic children located in Charlottesville. VIA was opened by four parents in the winter of 1996 as a way of providing help for their children, who had been diagnosed with autism. In 2001, the school moved to its location on Westwood Road and operated from three buildings, as of 2011. VIA can provide services to up to thirty children at any time.[1]

VIA has plans to move into a building used by the Center on Hillsdale Drive and to turn into the Center for Adolescent and Adult Autism Services. [2]

The executive director is Ethan Long.

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The school holds an annual 5K race to help race funds. In 2010, 576 participants helped raise over $50,000.[3]

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  1. "About Us." The Virginia Institute of Autism. Web. 27 Apr. 2010. <>.
  2. Web. Virginia Institute of Autism previews planned adult center, Katherine Knott, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 12, 2019, retrieved November 12, 2019. Print. November 12, 2019 page A1.
  3. "The Weekly (Belated) Log: April 19–25, 2010." The Ragged Mountain Weekly Log. Web. 27 Apr. 2010. <>.

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