Events and Offerings


  • 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.

    Our registration for the 2022 Hope Summit is now open.

    Saturday, December 3, 2022
    Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia

    You can visit our website to learn more and register, and email with any questions. Also, register to receive our monthly newsletter to receive the most up-to-date information on this year's Autism Hope Summit.

    Click here to learn more about past Autism Hope Summit events.

  • 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 and 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

  • 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

  • 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.


  • First Responder Training

    Teaching first responders the signs of autism and how their standard protocol might change when interacting with an individual with ASD is critically important. Individuals with autism might not be able to speak or respond to their name, have an impaired sense of danger, be afraid of a person in a uniform, react with "flight or flight," and avoid eye contact. For these reasons, STAR professionals are available for autism-specific training for law enforcement, fire fighters, 911 centers, emergency medical services, hospital emergency staff, and search and rescue personnel.

    To request training, email STAR at

  • Guiding the Future Series

    STAR is developing a 4-part educational video conferencing series for parents. These will be inaugurated geographically, so in addition to providing helpful information there will be the added benefit of families learning about their communities and supporting one another.

  • Presentations

    STAR personnel are available for speaking engagements on a variety of topics related to autism. If you would like to request a speaker, email