The STAR project is building and testing new ways to share up-to-date knowledge and best-practice information with the broader community.  Our approach includes sharing new scientific discoveries, resources and evidence-based practices online as well as face-to-face and virtual workshops, seminars, and conferences. 


  • Virginia Autism Hope Summit

    The Virginia Autism Hope Summit is an annual conference hosted by STAR that gathers autism self-advocates, families, service providers, clinicians, educators, and friends to network together and learn about advocacy, research innovations, and autism resources available to our community.

    Click here to learn more about this event.

  • Virtual Live Events

    STAR hosts Virtual Live Events, which consist of autism-focused presentations from experts in various fields followed by real-time Q & A with participants. Previous presentation topics include Managing Behaviors at Home, Autism & Anxiety, Jugging Work and School at Home, and more. News and registration information about upcoming Virtual Live Events can be delivered to your inbox through our newsletter

    Presentation archives on DRIVE
  • Autism Works in Progress

    This monthly forum is for researchers from our UVa community to share updates on their work, answer questions, and get feedback from their colleagues. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

  • Autism Journal Club

    In this monthly series hosted by a postdoctoral research associate, participants review and discuss a recent journal article related to autism. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

  • Research Consortium

    Our 2nd Virginia Autism Research Consortium is slated to take place when a face-to-face event is possible. Researchers from throughout the Commonwealth and beyond will be invited to present their research and build collaborations to improve the lives of individuals with autism.

Outreach Partners

We are actively collaborating with schools, community agencies, healthcare and service providers, advocacy groups, and other key stakeholders across the Commonwealth. If you are interested in partnering with STAR through research, training or outreach, please email [email protected].