Autism Center for Education

The VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) is funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

Operating as usual

03/27/2024

How do we best support the career development of students with complex support needs?

By starting early. ➡️ This week's resource on the theme of Transition Planning is all about how to do just that.

Charting the Course for Middle School Career Development: A Framework for Special Educators Supporting Students with Complex Support Needs
https://centerontransition.org/resources/publications/download.cfm?id=1221

This guide is a valuable resource for special education teachers that offers strategies for guiding students with intellectual and developmental disabilities toward fulfilling careers.

The framework encourages early career exploration, a focus on students' strengths, and teamwork with families and community partners. It's designed to help students understand their potential and pave the way for future employment success.

Check out the PDF today: https://centerontransition.org/resources/publications/download.cfm?id=1221

-----------------
The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) is affiliated with the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VCU RRTC), which is a part of the VCU School of Education.

03/26/2024

Remembering Lisa!

-----------------
The Autism Center for Education (ACE) is part of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center () and the VCU School of Education ().

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Lisa D. Holland. Lisa was a respected leader and distinguished figure in the fields of transition and special education, known for her exceptional expertise and advocacy. Yet, it was her unwavering kindness and compassion that truly set her apart. Her infectious laughter would brighten up the room, leaving a lasting impression on everyone she met.

Lisa lived a life of selflessness and dedication to others. She spent her career and free time volunteering and serving her church, community, and loved ones. Despite her ongoing battle with cancer, Lisa volunteered to co-chair our center’s Sunshine Committee last year, spending precious time celebrating and encouraging her colleagues. Lisa’s countless acts of kindness revealed the true beauty of her heart and her belief in the power of actions over words.

Throughout her distinguished career, Lisa dedicated herself to empowering students with disabilities. She was a visionary leader at RRTC’s Center on Transition Innovation at VCU, where she worked to bridge the gap between schools and postsecondary opportunities, ensuring that all students had a future full of possibilities and accomplishments. Lisa approached every project with a passionate drive to excel, infused with her trademark sassiness and humor.

Lisa was an exceptional person with a legacy of passion, advocacy, and unwavering dedication to the betterment of others. Her impact on the field of inclusive education and the many lives she touched will forever be remembered and cherished. As we mourn her loss, we also celebrate the incredible life she lived and the indelible mark she left on our hearts and our community.

Our thoughts are with Lisa's family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. May her spirit of kindness, dedication, and innovative spirit continue to inspire us all.

Rest in peace, Lisa. You will be deeply missed, but your legacy will forever shine bright, illuminating the path forward for many years to come.

We invite you to share your stories and memories of Lisa. Let’s celebrate her life, her contributions, and the countless ways she made the world a better place.

-----------------
The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) is affiliated with the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (), which is a part of the .

03/19/2024

Register today!

Join us for this week's webcast that dives deep into the pivotal world of secondary transition planning for students. From the foundational years of education through the critical stages of elementary, middle, and high school, we explore the essential skills students need to flourish as successful adults.

This webcast is particularly vital for students who require additional support, emphasizing the importance of early and focused transition planning tailored to their strengths, preferences, and interests.

Join us on Wednesday, March 20, at 2 PM EST for the presentation by Kelly Ligon and Matt Newton.

Begin with the End in Mind: VESOL Instruction and Transition Planning:
https://centerontransition.org/resources/webcasts/details.cfm?webcastID=1660

Through this webcast, you will:
🔘 Understand the value of secondary transition planning.
🔘 Discover resources to further explore and gain knowledge of secondary transition planning.
🔘 Learn how to coordinate VESOL instruction and secondary transition.

-----------------
The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) is affiliated with the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VCU RRTC), which is part of the VCU School of Education.

03/19/2024

VCU RRTC decked out in green for St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️

🌈🍀Happy St. Paddy's Day from VCU-RRTC 🌈🍀

03/18/2024
03/13/2024

SPRING PARENT HUDDLE
Join us for our Parent Huddle via Zoom on Wednesday, March 27th, from 12-12:45pm.
Register Today: https://vcuautismcenter.org/registration/parents/

The VCU Autism Center for Education (VCU-ACE) is part of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VCU-RRTC).

03/09/2024

Unlocking a future full of possibilities starts with identifying what sparks excitement. This week's is to begin the journey of career exploration by discovering interests:

☑️ Initiate Casual Conversations:
Start with casual chats about different professions. Ask questions like, “What job do you think would be fun to do every day?” or “Do you know what job allows you to work with animals/invent things/help people?”

☑️ Use Visual Aids:
Bring in visual aids like books, videos, or online resources showing people in various careers. This can help make the idea of different jobs more tangible and engaging.

☑️ Play "Career Day" Games:
Organize a "Career Day" at home where you can dress up as professionals from different fields. Discuss what each job involves and the types of tasks they might do.

☑️ Encourage Exploration through Play:
To encourage imaginative play, use toys or games related to different professions. For example, building blocks can be used to explore engineering or architecture.

☑️ Reflect on Enjoyment:
After each activity, talk about what aspects were enjoyable. Was it solving problems, being creative, or helping others? These insights can guide further exploration.

Feature Story - VCU RRTC 03/04/2024

Enjoy reading about one individual's journey to employment!

The VCU Autism Center for Education (VCU-ACE) is part of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VCU-RRTC).

Feature Story - VCU RRTC RICHMOND, Va.- For many teenagers, independence starts with a job and money in their pockets. Kelly McCown is no exception to this. At 14 years old, Kelly began working around her neighborhood, watering plants, taking care of pets, and doing house chores for neighbors. Lucy McCown, Kelly’s mother...

02/22/2024

We know that parents play an important role in outcomes for their children! Take a look at a recent study from VCU-RRTC on The Effects of Parent Mentoring on Employment Outcomes of Adults with IDD.

The VCU Autism Center for Education (VCU-ACE) is part of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VCU-RRTC).

Researchers recently interviewed 60 family members of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are seeking employment opportunities within their local communities. Read the postcard for recommendations they shared for service providers

https://idd.vcurrtc.org/resources/postcards.cfm

The VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) is part of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VCU-RRTC).

02/19/2024

With the ultimate goal of employment for all our students, VCU-RRTC is engaged in research to better employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities! Check out Brandon's experience below.

02/15/2024

❤️ Happy Valentine's Day ❤️ from VCU-RRTC!

Feature Story - VCU RRTC 02/04/2024

Feature Story - VCU RRTC RICHMOND, Va.- VCU's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center recently welcomed its new director, Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson, who takes over for Dr. Paul Wehman, who has been the center's director since its inception in 1983.

Photos from Center on Transition Innovations's post 01/24/2024
01/19/2024

🎉Webinar Alert!🎉

🔗 Check out the link in bio on Instagram or the pinned post on Facebook to register!

Join us for a virtual make and take opportunity!

The first 30 Virginia residents, who register by January 22, 2024, will receive materials for adapting the Dragons Love Tacos book in advance of the webinar.

🤗 AUDIENCE: Educators of students of all ability levels (PreK-grade 2) and educators of students with complex physical and/or cognitive disabilities (grades 3-12).

📄 SESSION DESCRIPTION: Hey Kids! Did you know that Dragons Love Tacos? Join us in this webinar as we explore assistive technology via thematic units. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to develop lessons that include hands-on learning for our youngest and most complex learners across all content areas. To conclude the session, participants will be guided through making their very own adapted book, Dragons Love Tacos.

01/18/2024

𝟯/𝟮𝟬 𝗪𝗲𝗯𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 (𝟮𝗽𝗺 𝗘𝗧): 𝗕𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱: 𝗩𝗘𝗦𝗢𝗟 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 - Learn the value of secondary transition planning, roles & responsibilities, secondary transition resources, and connecting Virginia Essentialized Standards of Learning (VESOL) instruction to secondary transition planning. 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘:
https://centerontransition.org/resources/webcasts/details.cfm?webcastID=1660

12/12/2023

Check out this new short, self-paced course from VCU-ACE! This course is designed for any professional who supports young children with ASD who will be transitioning into kindergarten.

Think Like a Behaviorist: Behavior 101 course is designed to provide an introduction to behavior and includes easy-to-understand video explanations from VCU-ACE Technical Assistance Associate and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Lauren Vetere. In this self-paced course, you can learn to think like a behaviorist but act like a parent, a teacher, a paraprofessional, or a provider! Register here: https://vcuautismcenter.org/earlychildhood/trainings/behavior101/login/

12.5 Contact Hours Estimated

12/07/2023

The VCU-ACE team will be hosting quarterly parent meetings to highlight new ACE resources, listen and learn about parent needs, and invite guest speakers who specialize in topics ranging from early childhood to transition resources and community engagement. Join us on Zoom December 18, from 12:00-12:45. Register Today: https://vcuautismcenter.org/registration/parents/

We look forward to meeting you!

*Contact Whitney Ham, [email protected], with questions!

Photos from VCU RRTC's post 12/07/2023
How to Design an ADHD-Friendly Home 11/17/2023

How to Design an ADHD-Friendly Home Discover effective home organization tips for individuals with ADHD to streamline daily life, increase productivity, and reduce stress.

11/16/2023

Congratulations to Dr. Hayley Mullins for receiving the Early Career Special Education Administrator Award from the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)!

Dr. Mullins, Director of Special Education & Related Services for Wi******er Public Schools (WPS), was nominated at the national level after receiving the Mary Lou Wall Award of Excellence For Early Career Special Education Leaders from the Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education (VCASE) in May.

Learn more here: https://www.smore.com/h7adg-wps-news?ref=email

11/08/2023

𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗖𝗥𝗘 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗘𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗢𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 - Starts Jan 8 - Apr 1. This course provides an extensive overview of supported employment & how to facilitate competitive jobs for individuals with significant disabilities. Learn More & Register: https://vcurrtc.org/training/webcourses/se.cfm.

10/27/2023

Communication is a basic human right!

Check out the Communication Bill of Rights from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): https://www.asha.org/njc/communication-bill-of-rights/

Also, you can print, save, and share the VCU-ACE Communication Bill of Rights for teaching these important skills in your classroom:https://vcuautismcenter.org/documents/Communication_Bill_of_Rights_1_1.pdf

10/24/2023

Are you (or do you know) a Special Education Teacher with a Provisional License in Virginia?
Help us spread the word!

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) VCU School of Education’s ONLINE Graduate Certificate in Special Education K-12 Teaching is built for you.

This certificate is for teachers in Virginia seeking full licensure to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities.
Complete the 27-credit-hour program on YOUR timeline in as few as 18 months.

The application deadline for the Spring 2024 cohort is December 31. Interested? Apply today!
https://soe.vcu.edu/acade.../certificates/sped-landing-page/

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY 🎉🎉🎉
Help us spread the word! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Are you (or do you know) a Special Education Teacher with a Provisional License in Virginia?

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Education’s ONLINE Graduate Certificate in Special Education K-12 Teaching is built for you.

This certificate is for teachers in Virginia seeking full licensure to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities.

Complete the 27-credit-hour program on YOUR timeline in as few as 18 months.

The application deadline for the Spring 2024 cohort is December 31.

Interested? Apply today!

LINK: https://soe.vcu.edu/academics/certificates/sped-landing-page/

The Partnership for People with Disabilities (PPD) is part of VCU School of Education

The PPD is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in the United States and its territories

What is a UCEDD?
Link: https://www.aucd.org/template/page.cfm?id=24

10/23/2023

October is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month!

What is AAC? AAC is ANY mode of communication that supplements or replaces spoken language. Consider all the ways you communicate with others throughout the day!

Want to learn more, check out the following Lunch and Learn: Use Your Words! An Introduction to Everyday AAC from VCU-ACE: https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/lunchandlearn.cfm

Want your school to be the top-listed School/college in Richmond?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.

Videos (show all)

As Virginia School Divisions prepare to welcome students back for the 2023-2024 school year, make sure to check out the ...
2023 CoLA Conference Video
VCU-ACE Regional Communication Workshops
VCU-ACE ASD for Paraprofessionals
From our House to Yours:  A Message to Families

Location

Telephone

Address


1314 W Main Street
Richmond, VA
23220
Other Richmond schools & colleges (show all)
Boatwright Memorial Library Boatwright Memorial Library
261 Richmond Way
Richmond, 23173

VCU University Academic Advising VCU University Academic Advising
900 Park Avenue Hibbs Hall
Richmond, 23284

Official page for first-year, pre-health, art foundation, undeclared, & business foundation advising.

University of Richmond University of Richmond
410 Westhampton Way
Richmond, 23173

The official Facebook of the University of Richmond. #URichmond #SpiderPride

VCU College of Humanities and Sciences VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
826-828 W Franklin Street
Richmond, 23284

The College of Humanities and Sciences is the largest academic unit at VCU, and houses the core inte

VCU Education Abroad VCU Education Abroad
912 W Grace Street, Fl 4th
Richmond, 23284

Virginia Commonwealth University Education Abroad provides opportunities for VCU students to study a

VCU Health Sciences Library VCU Health Sciences Library
509 N 12th Street
Richmond, 23298

VCU's Health Sciences Library located on the MCV Campus in Richmond, Virginia.

TeenPact Leadership Schools TeenPact Leadership Schools
Richmond

Changing Lives to Change the World

Global Institute of Technology Services Global Institute of Technology Services
1311 High Point Avenue
Richmond, 23230

University of Richmond School of Arts & Sciences University of Richmond School of Arts & Sciences
261 Richmond Way
Richmond, 23173

The School of Arts & Sciences is a diverse community of learners, devoted to opening intellectual and career pathways that lead to purposeful lives through dedication, deep inquiry, and knowledge.

VCU Technology Services VCU Technology Services
701 W Broad Street
Richmond, 23284

VCU Technology Services is integral to the academic and personal lives of VCU students, faculty, and

VCU School of Education Student Services Center VCU School of Education Student Services Center
1015 W Main Street, Ste 1037
Richmond, 23284

Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Commonwealth University
1111 W Broad Street
Richmond, 23284

Official account of Virginia Commonwealth University. Located in Richmond, Virginia, VCU is a premier urban, public research university distinguished by its commitment to student success. linkin.bio/vcu