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Averett to Launch Carrington Autism Resource Center

November 23, 2011

Averett is pleased to announce it will open the Carrington Autism Resource Center at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Mary B. Blount Library. The resource center, which was funded by a $20,000 grant from The Alexander Berkeley Carrington Jr. and Ruth Simpson Carrington Charitable Trust, will provide resources for parents of autistic children.

"We are very excited to be able to provide this valuable resource to families in our community," said Elaine Day, director of the library. "Averett University recognizes that the needs of families with autistic children are great and will continue to look for new and innovative ways to meet their needs."

The resource center is a lending-library of autism-related materials, resources, iPads, games and books to help parents, teachers, clinicians and caregivers assist in intervention efforts of children with autism in our region.

Averett's opening of The Carrington Autism Resource Center is another piece to the puzzle in the University's pursuit of providing resources to area families with autistic children. In the fall of 2008 the University began offering a certificate training program for teachers. The following year, in the fall of 2009, the Virginia Autism Council gave Averett approval to issue a certificate of training in autism spectrum disorders. In addition, the equestrian studies program began offering a concentration in equine assisted psychotherapy.

The University has also received a challenge match to hire a director of autism studies and is actively seeking funding for that position.

The Carrington Autism Resource Center will be open Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.