Learn about the great resources Virginia Tech has for those with autism

TUESDAY, WE ARE WE CONTINUE OUR CONVERSATION ON AUTISM AWARENESS THIS MORNING OVER VIRGINIA TECH TUESDAY WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE RESOURCES THEY HAVE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

JOINING ME TO GIVE US MORE INFORMATION IS DR ANGELA SCARPA AND JEN POLLARD SCOTT CLINIC IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY AND IT'S WHERE WE TRAIN OUR CLINICAL SCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENTS AND OFFER EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES AND AUTISM FOR THE COMMUNITY THESE INCLUDE DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATIONS, WE OFFER DIFFERENT KINDS OF INTERVENTIONS AS WELL AS PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATIONS AND TRAININGS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND THE CENTER FOR AUTISM RESEARCH IS A RESEARCH CENTER IN THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE WHERE FACULTY AND STUDENTS ACROSS THE UNIVERSITY APPLY THEIR RESEARCH TO BETTER UNDERSTANDING AUTISM

LAUNCH THAT? YOU AND YOUR TEAM? WE ACTUALLY WERE TOYING AROUND WITH AN IDEA OF A MOBILE CLINIC FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THAT RURAL COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY, EVEN WORLDWIDE ARE MEDICALLY UNDER SERVED WE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE HAPPENING FOR AUTISM SERVICES AS WELL WE CONDUCTED FOCUS GROUPS IN THE RURAL COMMUNITIES AND THE FAMILIES INDEED DID SAY THEY WERE HAVING A HARD TIME ACCESSING SERVICES SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE MAY NOT BE PROFESSIONALS THAT WERE SPECIALTY TRAINED IN AUTISM DIAGNOSES OR TREATMENT OR IT MIGHT BE HARDER TO GET TO THEM DISTANCE WISE THEY WOULD TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES OR NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE SERVICES

WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE EASIER TO GO TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND PROVIDE DISCOUNTED SERVICES THAT'S WONDERFUL WHAT A FANTASTIC SERVICE YOU GO TO THEM MAKING IT MORE CONVENIENT TO HAVE THAT RESOURCE I'M SURE FOLKS ARE WONDERING WHAT PARTS OF VIRGINIA DO YOU SERVE WITH THAT MOBILE CLINIC? WE ARE THANKFUL WITH THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD AND THEIR AREA AND THE MOBILE AUTISM CLINIC TRAVELS ONCE A WEEK ALTERNATING LOCATIONS BETWEEN GALAX OFF THE CARROLLTON PARK ABOUT THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE CAN SERVE AND ANYONE CAN COME SEES US NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE

THAT'S GOOD TO KNOW HOW DOES SOMEONE LEARN MORE OF SEEKING SERVICES THROUGH THE MOBILE CLINIC OR THE BLACKSBURG CLINIC? THEY ARE WELCOME TO CALL OUR PHONE NUMBER IS 540-231-2053 OR THEY CAN EMAIL AUTISM AT VT@EDU AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO POINT THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND GET THEM THE RIGHT PERSON TO SPEAK WITH WHETHER THEY WANT SERVICE IN THE BLACKSBURG CLINIC OR MOBILE CLINIC AND I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE A CONFERENCE HAPPENING LATER THIS MONTH

CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THAT? WE WERE VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT IT IS OUR ANNUAL AUTISM CONFERENCE IN BLACKSBURG AT VIRGINIA TECH ON APRIL 26TH WE WILL HAVE RESEARCH TALKS FEATURING SOME OF THE RESEARCH BY THE FACULTY AT VIRGINIA TECH AS WELL AS SOME WORKSHOPS A PARENT PANEL, A YOUNG ADULT WITH AUTISM WILL BE TALKING ABOUT HIS PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND REAL QUICKLY, I KNOW YOU HAVE HAD GREAT DONORS BUT IF ANYONE IS WILL TO GO SUPPORT THE CAUSE FINANCIALLY HOW COULD PEOPLE DO SO SO THE PROGRAM CAN CONTINUE RUNNING? YES, WE HAVE A GREAT WEBSITE

IF YOU GOOGLE THE VIRGINIA TECH CENTER FOR AUTISM RESEARCH YOU CAN SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WEBSITE AND IT GIVES YOU INFORMATION HOW TO MAKE DONATIONS OR CALL THE NUMBER I SAID EARLIER AND I WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO GUIDE YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SIGNING UP FOR THE CONFERENCE YOU CAN GO TO THE SAME WEBSITE

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