Autism in Virginia

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and for the entire month WMRA explores the issues surrounding autism with a new series, "Autism in Virginia."

This series of six stories explores how autism intersects with everyday life.  We’ll examine autism in the classroom, new approaches to autism education and new therapies, how law enforcement agencies train to deal with autistic individuals, and how the "intersectionality" of socioeconomic factors such as race, gender and religion affect how autistic individuals are treated in society.
 

Support for WMRA’s special series "Autism in Virginia" is provided by Paul Obaugh Ford and Lincoln, a family owned dealership for more than fifty years, in Staunton on Lee Jackson Highway, or at obaugh.com.

Aimee Cayer

With summer around the corner, families are turning toward vacation plans. But travel for those with autism can be a challenge. In the next installment of our series on autism, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler explores a cruise ship specifically designed for those with special needs …. so the whole family can R&R together.

As part of our recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, WMRA has been examining the spectrum disorder and the people it impacts. In the fourth installment of our series, we take a deep look at how the issue of public and individual safety has evolved. WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports.

Jessica Neal

As part of our recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, all during April WMRA is examining the spectrum disorder and the people affected by it.  Today we explore how animal therapy, specifically using horses and dogs, can help kids with autism.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and WMRA is presenting a six-part series about this increasingly prevalent developmental disorder. Today, we look at the educational system’s approach to students with autism. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Kate Simon

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and World Autism Awareness Day is Monday, April 2.  So beginning today WMRA is embarking on a six-part series about this increasingly prevalent developmental disorder. Today, we look at applied behavior analysis – or ABA – a leading intervention for kids with autism, and how Mary Baldwin University is responding to the growing need.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.