Parents Of Autistic Children
of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA)
POAC-NoVA approved the following goals for the organization at the October 2007 meeting of the Board of Directors:
- Serve as a clearinghouse for research-based methodologies for instructing students on the autism spectrum
- Training public and private school educators and parents in ABA/VB and other research-based instructional methodologies
- Advocate for and influence the successful implementation of ABA/VB and other research-based instructional methodologies for students on the autism spectrum
- Advocate for improvements in the services delivered to students on the autism spectrum
Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA) and its predecessor organization has worked since 1996 to improve the quality and quantity of education for students with autism within the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). These successful efforts culminated in the School Board's approval of the enhanced autism program for an estimated 600 students with autism in the pre-school and elementary-school grades starting with the 2004-2005 school year. In the end, an unprecedented $3M was allocated for hiring and training additional educators specifically for this program. Since then, we have had at least five parent representatives at each of the quarterly working meetings with the FCPS staff to ensure that parental concerns for this program continue to be sufficiently addressed and understood.
POAC-NoVA also holds a monthly parent support group and information meeting to provide to parents a forum to frankly talk to other parents who have been dealing with this condition for some time. We have found that one of the best sources of information have been other parents, who truly understand how autism affects not just one child, but the entire family. We would be happy to meet you at one of these meetings.
Kevin A. McGrail - President
Nicole Zupan - Vice President
Bea Wolman - Secretary
Rick Rehberg - Treasurer
Steve Wallen - Chairperson
Susan C. Edgerton
Kevin A. McGrail
MS, CCC-SLP/L, Certified and Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist, BCBA
Dower and Associates, Inc.
Ms. Dower is an ASHA certified and Virginia licensed Speech/Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her education is from James Madison University (SLP) and Penn State (Behavior Analysis).
Meredyth M. Biggs M.Ed., BCBA
She is the president and owner of Dower and Associates, Inc. located in Loudoun and Prince William Counties, VA. She has been in private practice in Northern Virginia since 1988 and specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Down's Syndrome, Apraxia, and reading/spelling/written language deficits due to language based Learning Disabilities. She is responsible for consulting and training families, ABA instructors, school systems, private schools and agencies in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in verbal behavior.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Autism Services in Richmond, VA and is the first speech/language pathologist in Virginia to hold certification as a BCBA. She is considered a leading area professional in the speech/language and behavior analysis fields.
Ms. Dower is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA), the Speech Pathology Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group of ABA, the Direct Instruction Special Interest Group of ABA, the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of ABA, the Autism Special Interest Group of ABA, the National Association for the Self-Employed, the Association for Direct Instruction and the Autism Society of America with former memberships in the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis, the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, the Speech-Hearing Association of Virginia and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Lauren Kenworthy, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology
Associate Prof. Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry
George Washington University Medical School
Membership & Autism Awareness Committee - Scott Campbell (Chair), Bea Wolman, Meegan White & Nicole Zupan
Business Issues Committee - Kevin A. McGrail & Rick Rehberg (Chair)
Fundraising & Grants Committee - Rick Rehberg (Chair) & Kevin A. McGrail
School Autism Program Liaison and Legislative Outreach Committee - Scott Campbell, Nicole Zupan (Chair), Susan Edgerton, Meegan White, Juliet Hiznay, Emma Lynch (Non-Voting), Rachna Heizer & Donna Shank (Non-Voting)
Workshops & Scholarships Committee - Nicole Zupan, Steve Wallen (Chair) & Shannon McGrail (Non-Voting)
Kevin A. McGrail
POAC-NoVA developed this brochure as a life-line for parents of a newly-diagnosed child, to assist anyone looking to learn more about autism and to further our mission of promoting research-based methodologies for the intervention of children with autism. It isn't filled with marketing materials, pictures or a pitch for donations! We hope you find it useful.
The brochure is also available to download and updated revisions will be posted at http://www.poac-nova.org/brochure/. Permission is expressly granted to e-mail, print, and otherwise distribute the brochure without additions or modifications.
If you are a doctor, hospital, support group, school, information & referral service, social worker, pyramid resource center, early intervention specialist or work with children on the spectrum, please email Concerns@POAC-NoVA.org to request hard copies to distribute.
P.S.: We invite non-profit autism-support groups to ask for permission to use this brochure as a basis for their own publication!
Copyright © 2014 Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NOVA), Inc.
Formerly Parents for Autistic Children's Education (P.A.C.E.), Inc.
All rights reserved.
|Our Combined Federal Campaign of the National
Capital Area (CFCNCA) ID is #32289.
||Our United Way member number is #8927.
Disclaimer: Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA), Inc. is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and Federal EIN of 01-0769341.
Our BACB Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Provider approval number is #OP-07-0146. We are certified for eBay Giving Works and our MissionFish non-profit ID is #33580.
All information provided or published by POAC-NoVA is for informational purposes only. Reference to any treatment or therapy option or to any program, book, service or treatment provider is not an endorsement by POAC-NoVA. POAC-NoVA assumes no responsibility for the use made of any information published or provided by POAC-NoVA.
Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental health, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected by law, and is in compliance with all requirements of law and regulations with respect to the provision of services, employment decisions and volunteer participation.
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