Through interdisciplinary partnerships and innovations in diagnosis, care, support, and education, we are working together to directly improve outcomes for individuals with autism and their families.  By integrating training into these efforts, we are simultaneously building the workforce of professionals with specialized training in autism. Our work is anchored in an appreciation for the unique strengths of every individual and family; a commitment to excellence and evidence-based practice; an emphasis on community collaboration and partnership; and a focus on improving broader systems of care.

Navigating Evidence-Based Treatments

The STAR initiative offers the Autism DRIVE to help navigate through the evidence-based treatments for autism.

Autism DRIVE

Autism DRIVE was developed by University of Virginia's STAR initiative to help the autism community, researchers, and resources connect. Through the DRIVE we hope to learn more about autism and develop meaningful solutions to challenges experienced by people with autism and their families. It also provides individualized online access to training and resources focused on autism.

Autism DRIVE gives families, researchers, and professionals access to: 

  • Family Navigation

    Our Family Navigation Team provides navigation, education, and outreach to equip and connect families with resources and supports in their communities. Our Navigators provide emotional support and coaching to families as they navigate the system of care, and also offer education and resource information both in-person and virtually.

    Family Navigation
  • SJC Autism Services

    Autism assessment and treatment services are available at the Sheila Johnson Center for Human Services, which is a training clinic within UVa’s School of Education and Human Development.

    Clinical Services for Autism
  • UVA Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Autism Program

    This division of the UVA School of Medicine provides diagnostic services and therapeutic recommendations for a broad range of developmental and behavioral problems, from mild to severe, for children of all ages and young adults.

    Developmental Pediatrics