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Sarah Dooley Center for Autism receives 2021 Design Award from AIA Richmond

When we first began planning our new Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, Odell led a series of charrettes with faculty, parents, and public school partners to make sure we got

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St. Joseph’s Villa Announces Grand Opening of New Autism Center

Historic School Building Repurposed to Serve as National Model for Autism Education and Teacher Training Classrooms are equipped with modern technology and filled with natural light. RICHMOND, Va. – Inspired

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You Are Not Alone: WTVR CBS6 features therapeutic Villa Garden

Isabel's son Xavier was thrilled to return to his friends and teachers at the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism earlier this year. “When he saw them, the smile he had

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14 students

have successfully transitioned

back to public schools

Our students learned

9,836 new words

last year

1 in 54

are identified with autism

spectrum disorder

Testimonials

  • The day I came to tour, it was like worlds opened up. It felt like a big, warm hug.

    Alicia, Parent

  • I feel very comfortable with my child coming to St. Joseph’s Villa every day. They treat him like he is family.

    Allison, Parent

  • My son wants to come to school. He will greet you now, look at you eye-to-eye and try to engage. Without places like St. Joseph’s Villa, I think a lot of us parents would be lost. They not only help your child, they help you.

    Paula, Parent

  • My child’s quality of life has improved in every way. He is extremely fond of his teachers. They let him teach them how he wants to learn and interact with the world, and they turned that into a game plan to help him build skills.

    Frances, Parent

  • My experience with the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism has been nothing short of exceptional. The staff sincerely love Zach. They have helped him come a long way.

    Jessicah, Parent

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SDCA serves 25 localities in Virginia.

areas-served

Inquiries from other school systems are welcome. Please call 804-521-5571 to find out how we can serve you.

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