December 21, 2011

Safety For Charity Donates To ASWV

ASWV gives a big shout out to Safety for Charity, a program carried out by the Consol Energy Robinson Run Mine in Mannington, West Virginia!

In mid-November, Superintendent Mike Smith contacted ASWV to inform us of our selection as the beneficiary of their quarterly donation of $1500.00

ASWV President Chris Fair traveled to Mannington and met with all the miners just before the beginning of their midnight shift.

In addition to thanking them, Mrs. Fair took the opportunity to discuss the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders and the benefits of having a statewide society.

Mrs. Fair discussed the history of autism-specific services in West Virginia, the West Virginia Autism Training Center, and the efforts of Dr. Ruth C. Sullivan to miners just after they completed their shift instruction.

The Autism Society of West Virginia must connect with community-based business and communities to be effective and maintain relevance. With sincere appreciation we thank the miners of Robinson Run Mine for their thoughtful contribution to our society. We promise to use it to improve the lives of West Virginians.

September 18, 2011

Scenes From The 2011 Annual Conference

The annual Fall conference of the Autism Society of West Virginia was held September 16 and 17, 2011, in Bridgeport, WV. More than 100 attendees participated in workshops and presentations themed on working together to better serve and support the community of those on the autism spectrum. 

Scott Badesch, President and COO of the national Autism Society opened the conference with an inspiring speech about building communities of support.

Erin Lash co-presented a workshop on supporting students with ASD who have been victims of bullying behavior in the public schools.

Andrew Nelsen presented information about ASD and the social culture in middle schools

Dr. Peter Gerhardt conducts a workshop on evidence-based supports for adults with ASD.

Members of ASWV's Panel Of Individuals On The Spectrum provide insight into how they experience the transition into adulthood.

Other highlights included an overview of ASD-specific services in West Virginia andworkshop on Discrete Trial Instruction.

August 4, 2011

Register Now For Annual Conference

Registration for the annual Autism Society of West Virginia conference, to be held in mid-September in Bridgeport, West Virginia, can be completed by following this link.

Click on the colored link, and follow the instructions. See you there!

June 1, 2011

Seeking State Conference Award Nominations

The Autism Society of West Virginia is seeking nominations for awards in several categories, including Teacher of the Year, School of the Year, and Autism Mentor of the Year.

Winners will be announced at the annual conference in September. See the notification letter below (enlarge it by clicking on it) for specific instructions about nominations.

May 25, 2011

Innovative Services: "Lose The Training Wheels"

Marshall University's School of Kinesiology is hosting a Lose The Training Wheels camp at Huntington High School, Huntington, WV, from July 18 through July 22, 2011.

Trained staff use adapted bicycles and a specialized instructional program to enable individuals with disabilities to learn to ride a two-wheeled bike. The program is designed for individuals 8 years of age or older, who have been diagnosed with a developmental disorder such as autism, but who can walk without assistive devices.

Information about the camp, as well as registration information, can be found at this link. Make contact early; registration is limited to 40 participants.

May 18, 2011

ASWV Fall Conference: Save The Date!

The Autism Society of West Virginia will hold its Annual Conference at the Bridgeport Conference Center, Bridgeport, WV on September 16-17, 2011. Topics such as Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Interventions, Transitions and information about West Virginia service and support organizations will be included in presentations.

The slate of speakers -- each well known for their dedicated, enthusiastic, and evidence-based approach to supporting individuals living on the autism spectrum -- is below. Click on the poster to enlarge the information.