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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!

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AIA Design Award

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

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