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Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA)

Address 491 Hillsdale Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
Phone (434) 529-8302
Website http://www.viacenters.org
Primary Contact Nicole Thomas
Primary Email advancement@viacenters.org
Executive Director Ethan Long
Primary Focus Area Special Needs/Disabled
Service Areas
  • Augusta
  • Albemarle
  • Buckingham
  • Charlottesville
  • Fluvanna
  • Greene
  • Louisa
  • Madison
  • Nelson
  • Orange
  • Central and Southwest VA

Mission Statement

The Virginia Institute of Autism is dedicated to helping people overcome the challenges of autism through innovative, evidence-based programs in education, outreach, and adult services.


We rise to the challenge. The Virginia Institute of Autism is pioneering the education and support of people with autism across the spectrum and across their lifespan. Our programs use the proven principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to foster the development of language, interpersonal skills, educational progress, and social engagement—with life changing results.

The challenges of autism are profound, and they don’t stop at the school-house door. Our school, outpatient services, and adult support give individuals, families, and communities the tools to rise to meet those challenges every day.

Key Programs

Program 1
Title:James C. Hormel School
Description:A year-round day-school providing education and clinical programs proven to address the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.
Program 2
Title:Outpatient Behavioral Services
Description:Provides individualized, evidence-based therapies to address the continuum of needs in the home, community, and clinical settings.
Program 3
Title:Adult Academy
Description:Offers self-development opportunities, social skills training, and participation in community activities and cultural events for adult clients across the autism spectrum.

Giving Opportunities

Opportunity 1