ASCV Membership Benefits Program Features

On July 1st, we launched our ASCV Membership Benefits Program, a new initiative that provides ASCV members with unique perks at local businesses and organizations.

We kicked off the program with 15 community partners, and since our launch we have added several new partners including ACAC, Beyond Boundaries, Gentle East Martial Arts, Launch Entertainment Park, and Paint Crazy RVA. Make sure to check out the ASCV Membership Benefits Program page of our website to make sure you receive all of the current perks.

We want to hear from you! We would love for you to take this brief survey to let us know what you think about our ASCV Membership Benefits Program. Thank you very much! 

If you are not an ASCV member, and you want to have access to the exciting perks of the ASCV Membership Benefits Program, click here to become a member today!  

If you know of a local business who might be interested in joining our ASCV Membership Benefits Program, please email us at

Register Now for the ASCV Member Event:
End of Summer Shindig
The ASCV is hosting it's annual member summer celebration on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at SCOR, an indoor sports and recreation facility. There will be games, inflatables, face painting, a musical petting zoo by Bach to Rock and delicious food provided by Noodles & Co. Members received an Eventbrite invitation via email. Be sure to register you and your family now!

Not an ASCV member, but want to attend this fun event? Click here:  to join now and we'll forward you the invitation to the End of Summer Shindig!
Click below to register for the upcoming Westchester Commons Concert benefiting the ASCV on Friday, August, 9, 2019!
Executive Director's Message
Ann Flippin
I cannot believe how quickly this summer is flying by and that August is here already!  It sure has been a hot couple of months—very different than the rainy summer we had last year.  We have enjoyed hosting many indoor activities for families over the summer thanks to our generous community partners, including One Eyed Jacques, Sylvan, Laser Quest, and Dave & Busters, just to name a few.  I hope our ASCV member families are enjoying our new Membership Benefits program, offering a variety of perks around town.  Summer is a great time to visit these partners and enjoy the wonderful discounts they’re offering our ASCV member family.

In mid-July, I attended our National Autism Society of America conference, alongside fellow affiliate leaders from across the country.  I really enjoyed hearing about the many diverse programs and initiatives affiliates host, and I am excited to bring back many ideas for the ASCV!  I also received a deep dive into the current legislation affecting our autism community from leaders from ASA, Autism Speaks, and the ARC.
The conference was followed by our annual National Day on the Hill, where we joined at the U.S. Capitol for presentations and legislative meetings.  During a special breakfast, we heard from Senators Grassley and Casey, and Congressmen Doyle & Smith, all supporting the reauthorization of the Autism Cares Act, funding for community-based supports, and protecting and expanding Medicaid.  Our Virginia team then visited representatives from Senators Warner & Kaine’s staff.  It was a very successful day of advocacy and sharing our inspiring and important personal journeys with our legislators!

Back at the ASCV, we have been busy planning our fall programming, including a dynamic workshop series, new support groups, additional membership events, and more!  We are excited to share more details as we unveil our plans in the coming weeks.

We are really looking forward to our annual summer event for ASCV members in a couple of weeks.  This year it will take place at a new, exciting venue, SCOR, but will include many of the same festivities we have had in past years, like inflatables, games, food, face painting, camaraderie, and more!  I hope to see many of you there.

I wish you all a wonderful, safe, and fun rest of your summer!
ASCV Member Spotlight
The ASCV Spotlight features individuals, families, events and organizations that are supporting the Autism Society Central Virginia’s mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism by maximizing the self-sufficiency, independence, and quality of life for all living with autism.  This month’s column features ASCV Board member, Linda Oggel. Special thanks to Linda for contributing this article to the August 2019 Newsletter.
What’s your passion? Spending time at the beach? Volunteering? Reading? Playing a sport? Like you, I have several passions. I love traveling with my family and baking. My other passion, one that I have had throughout my adult life (and in three states: WI, IL & VA), is improving the quality of life for children, youth and adults with autism. Since moving to Virginia some 30 years ago, I have used my knowledge as a speech and language pathologist to help people with autism in the public schools, at the Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at VCU, and now as a Board member for ASCV. 

Currently, I am a member of two committees on the ASCV Board- the Scholarship committee and the Program committee.  The Program committee is a relatively new group that was formed to create programs for our members, their families and the community.  This spring and summer we have been working to develop the Autism Friendly Communities program so that children, youth, adults, and families feel more understood and accepted when they go to restaurants, recreational facilities, theaters, and more.  This endeavor is unique to the Richmond Metropolitan area and I’m very excited about it.  The businesses or organizations that want to participate will be trained by an ASCV staff or committee member so that those living with autism can fully participate in our community. What a great way to make a real difference in many people’s lives!  If your organization would like to participate, please contact Sarah Doyle, ASCV's Program and Outreach Director. 

When I joined the ASCV Board in 2016, I was asked to be part of the Scholarship committee, of which I now serve as Chair.  About that time ASCV expanded its scholarship offerings.  ASCV now offers three types of scholarships: membership, recreational/social, and educational enrichment.  Each type serves a unique purpose that you can read about on our scholarships website page. A recreational/social scholarship, for instance, could allow a child to take swimming lessons so he is safe in the water; or, for a teen to attend a camp to help with socialization.  Family members could attend a conference to learn ways to use visuals in their home through an educational scholarship. While the ASCV yearly budget allocates several thousand dollars for scholarships, it is usually only enough to make a difference for about 50 families.  We know that families incur many additional expenses when they have a member with autism.  The ASCV will kick off a two-week campaign in mid-August to raise more funds for the scholarship program. You can help out those in need by donating; any amount is valued and used. Keep on the lookout for more information on the ASCV Scholarship Campaign coming soon!
Giving can be very rewarding.  For me, life is very meaningful when not only can I contribute, but I can use my passion to improve the quality of life of individuals with autism and the families who support them. 
July's Featured ASCV Programs 
ASCV Member Event: Family Art Night with Girl Scout Troop 3533
ASCV Member Event: Laser Quest
ASCV Member Event: Robotics Workshop at Sylvan Learning
   Advocacy Updates
House Passes Autism CARES Act!  Onto the Senate!

We are thrilled to share that the Autism CARES Act (HR 1058) passed the house last week! Thank you to everyone who has helped advocate for this important legislation.  Now is a great opportunity to reach out to your Representative and thank them. The Senate now needs to pass the legislation (S 427), hopefully prior to the August recess, so that it can move forward.

We encourage you to contact our Virginia Senators to urge them to support the Autism CARES Act of 2019 in order to continue the funding that will improve the lives of individuals with autism, at all ages and all stages.  You can click here to send a message to your Senators sharing why the reauthorization of this bill is important to you!

Not sure who your Senator is? Visit the Autism Society of America’s Action Center, and enter your zip code in the “Find Your Elected Officials” field.

More about the Autism CARES Act:

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act is an important piece of legislation that has significantly increased research efforts, surveillance and awareness activities, public education, and training of professionals to screen and/or diagnose for autism and other developmental disabilities. A reauthorization of the Autism CARES Act was introduced in February which would allow for an additional five years of funding.  There is still a great need for additional services, supports, and education to improve the quality of lives of individuals with autism and their families.  Click here to read more about the Autism CARES Act reauthorization.
 ASCV August Programs Calendar
Find our entire calendar of events here.​

August 3
ASCV Member Event: Teen Improv Class at Comedy Sportz; members received Eventbrite invitation via email; full with a waitlist

August 5
Minds of All Kinds at The Science Museum of VA; 4-8pm; details & registration:

August 9
Westchester Commons Concert benefiting the ASCV; 5:30-8:30pm, details & registration here:

August 10
Support Group for Parents of Children with ASD Ages 0-8; 12:30-1:30pm;
August 13
Teen Groups Pool Party; 4-7:15pm; members received Eventbrite invitation via email

August 17
ASCV Sensory Friendly Movie at the Byrd Theatre: Men in Black International; 2pm; Carytown

August 18
ASCV Member Event: End of Summer Shindig; members received Eventbrite invitation via email

August 22
ASCV Night at all Richmond Noodles World Kitchen locations; 4-8pm; 25% will benefit the ASCV; see flier below

August 26
Adults with Asperger’s/HFA Group; 7pm; River Road United Methodist Church

Parents of Adults with ASD Support Group; 7pm; River Road United Methodist Church

ASCV Workshop with Feeding Therapist, Amaka Winslow from Children's Hospital; 7pm; River Road United Methodist Church; details coming soon!

  ASCV Fall Programming Updates
The ASCV is excited to announce some of our fall program updates! Our monthly educational workshops will still be held at River Road United Methodist Church, along with childcare for ASCV members, but we have moved the workshops to the first Wednesday evening of the month. Stay tuned for more information on the September 4th workshop!

The ASCV Teen Social Groups will now have a new location! Teen Social Groups will meet on the second Friday evening of the month at the Midlothian YMCA at 737 Coalfield Rd. in Midlothian. Additionally, the ASCV will now offer support group meetings for both middle school and high school parents, while the teen groups are meeting! 

In addition to the support group for parents of young children (ages 0-10) held at the Manchester YMCA, the ASCV will host a second support group at the Shady Grove YMCA, 11255 Nuckols Rd in Glen Allen, from 10am to 11 am on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, September 10. You can register here to attend:
Important Upcoming ASCV Dates!
9/4  ASCV Educational Workshop @ River Road United Methodist Church
9/10 ASCV Support Group for Parents of Young Children (ages 0-10)
@ Shady Grove YMCA
9/13 ASCV Teen Groups for Middle Schoolers & High Schoolers
@ Midlothian YMCA
9/13  ASCV Support Groups for Middle School & High School Parents
@ Midlothian YMCA
9/14  ASCV Support Group for Parents of Young Children (ages 0-10)
@ Manchester YMCA
9/15  ASCV Member Bowling Program
9/28  ASCV Inclusive Lego & Game Club
ASCV at Minds of All Kinds on August 5, 2019!
Join the ASCV at the Science Museum of Virginia's Minds of All Kinds free sensory friendly event on Monday, August 5, 2019. Parents will want to check out the Curious George exhibit for younger kids. And teens should stop by The MIx, a lounge for teens to create, animate and just hang out. Be sure to register below and stop by the ASCV booth and say hi. Look forward to seeing you there!
The Autism Society Central Virginia (ASCV) is proud to announce our 1st Annual Gala, A Toast to the Autism Community. This upscale event, held on November 9th at the Bolling Haxall House, will feature an evening of camaraderie, food and drink, auctions, and live music.

Our committee is actively recruiting event sponsors and auction donations. Please contact for details on how your company can get involved.

Event ticket sales will begin in late August.

We invite you to join us and be inspired as we strive to improve the lives of all affected by autism in Central Virginia!
August Community Calendar
click on links in blue for additional info
The following announcements, events, and opportunities are not sponsored by the Autism Society Central Virginia. They are provided for informational purposes and should not necessarily be considered an endorsement by the ASCV. ​

August 2
Special Nights at the Children's Museum- Short Pump; 5:30-7:30pm; details:

August 3

Comedy Sportz Richmond Sensory Friendly Show; 3pm; details & tickets:

PEATC Family Engagement Summit; Longwood University; details & registration:

ThisAbility Education & Youth Conference; 9:30am-2:30pm; details & registration:

August 5                
Sensory Story Time at Glen Allen Library; for more information visit:

Sky Zone Special Needs Sensory Friendly Night, 5pm-6pm; for more information call 804-379-2500 or visit

August 6

Jumpology Special Needs Night, 5pm-7pm; for more information

Sensory Story Time at Varina Area Library; for more information: 

August 7
PEATC Workshop: Strengthening Trust Among Special Education Teams; Chesterfield Library; details & registration:

August 8
Sensory Friendly Story Time at Chesterfield Central Library; 10:30am; for more information:

August 12
Organization for Autism Research Webinar, "Addressing Problem Behavior: A Successful Team Approach”; 1-2pm; details & registration:

August 12-16
iCan Bike Camp- Richmond; details & registration: 

August 20
Launch VIP Time; 5-7pm; details here: 

August 28
Caminos Group support group for Latino families with autism; meets at the Sacred Heart Center, 1400 Perry Street, Richmond, 23224 from 10am-12pm; RSVP at 804-646-0145

Next Steps Behavioral Centers Monthly Speaker Series: Co-Occurring Conditions of Anxiety, Depression, and ADD/ADHD with Autism Spectrum Disorder; 6-7:30pm; details &registration:

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