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The Sarah Dooley Center for Autism is a school dedicated to serving children ages 5 to 22 diagnosed with autism and other related developmental disabilities. We use evidence-based teaching strategies to deliver highly individualized education and behavioral programming for every one of our students. All of our services are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Behavior analysis is the study of the science of behavior. It has been used successfully since the early 1960’s to address the educational and behavioral issues for students with disabilities.

The Sarah Dooley Center for Autism has a strong focus on providing its students with the life skills to help facilitate a successful transition to adulthood. Through the Career and Transition Services of St. Joseph’s Villa, students learn crucial adaptive skills that will help them be a part of their community.

Our primary goal is to give our students the skills necessary to be fully engaged in their community. We focus on providing our students with the communication skills, social skills and self-management skills that will assist them in determining where they live, what they do and who they do it with.

We partner with local education agencies, state agencies, community groups and local universities to build a support network of professionals to assist our students in being as independent as possible.

If we can be of assistance or you would like to learn more about our school, please contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Recent News

Groundbreaking

Construction begins on new Sarah Dooley Center home

St. Joseph's Villa began a new chapter in its 185-year history as we launched construction on the home of our new Sarah Dooley Center for Autism. With the help of

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Defeating the isolation of autism - one proven method at a time

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial by Adam Dreyfus, Senior Director, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph's Villa April is National Autism Awareness Month, and while science still has unanswered questions around

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Autism Heart

Living With A Severe Case Of Autism

The spectrum disorder known as autism includes three levels - mild, moderate, and severe. Every child with autism requires care, support, and supervision, but a child with severe autism has

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