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Governor McAuliffe announces schools’ high ratings for students with disabilities

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the state’s public schools have earned the U.S. Department of Education’s highest overall rating and the second-highest score for serving students with disabilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). “In every school division in the Commonwealth, there are special educators who are committed to preparing all students to […]

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New studies refute causal connection between c-section and autism

The following post was made by Adam Dreyfus, Director, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph’s Villa. Science adds anxiety to parents, then says ‘we were wrong.’  A study claiming that children born by c-section were 21% more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder found that, upon further analysis, that there was […]

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New job resource for individuals with autism

The Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph’s Villa is focused on helping individuals successfully transition to adulthood and live as fully and independently as possible.  In the same vein, a new online resource is now connecting individuals with autism and other disabilities to employers in their community.  The Spectrum Careers, launched by Rangam Consultants in partnership with […]

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Supporting the interests of a child with autism can lead to their career

14-year old Dylan Greene has a unique interest. Vacuum cleaners have fascinated him ever since he was 2 years old, about the same time he was diagnosed with autism. The story of his birthday present, a live demonstration from a vacuum salesman and company gift of a Kirby vacuum, has gone viral. NBC12 covered the story and included […]

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Coping with stress when your child has a chronic illness or disability

“As tough as parenting can be, it becomes even more difficult when our children are diagnosed with a chronic illness or disability. Taking care of your own physical and emotional health is an important part of providing support for your child.” This comprehensive article by Fawne Hansen, a health coach specializing in stress-related conditions, identifies […]

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Belarusian university partners with SDCA

Two special education professors from Mogilev State University in Belarus, Professors Elina Katliarova (PhD in Psychology, Chair of Psychology Department) and Irina Komarova (PhD in Pedagogy, Dean of Faculty of Child Pedagogy and Psychology) toured St. Joseph’s Villa and its Sarah Dooley Center for Autism (SDCA) on December 4. During their visit, the Belarusian professors observed instructional techniques […]

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Villa Early Autism Services are changing the game

Today 1 in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism.  While the increasing rate of autism is alarming, there is hope. Lifelong differences can be made in a child’s social, behavioral and cognitive skills with early detection of treatment. However, even though pediatricians are able to diagnose autism as early as age two, the average […]

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CBS 6 Meteorologist Carrie Rose visits SDCA

Students of all grade levels at our Sarah Dooley Center for Autism enjoyed fun lessons in weather from Meteorologist Carrie Rose on June 12.  Creating static electricity with balloons was one of the biggest hits!  Ms. Rose also showed a behind-the-scenes video tour of the CBS 6 news station.  A school photo aired the following morning. Many thanks […]

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Congratulations to our 2014 Grads!

We extend our most heartful congratulations to our graduating students and their families.  The commencement ceremony for the Class of 2014 will take place on June 13, 2014 at the Chapel on the St. Joseph Villa campus.

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CDC reports 30% increase in children with autism

Information courtesy of CNN.com. According to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder — up from 1 in 88 in 2012.  Autism continues to be much more common in boys (1 in 42) than girls (1 in 189). The report also points out […]

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COVID-19 UPDATE: SDCA CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR – READ MORE