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UVA Hosts Conference on Autism

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Virginia's top experts in autism are collaborating to help people overcome the disorder's challenges. Friday, they met in Charlottesville to share their work.

The executive director at the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) says the group shared their favorite teaching practices and clinical treatments for autism.

The first-of-its-kind conference, held at the University of Virginia, is a partnership between the VIA, the Faison School in Richmond, and UVA.

VIA's executive director Ethan Long says the institute will soon start using a new online technology called Telehealth, which will help them serve people outside the area.

Long says the conference is a conversation, in which everybody shares information and walks away with something new.

"There's not enough research out there and we need more of it and so if we can get groups working together and collaborate, we think we have a better chance of helping more folks,” Long said.

Attendees were taught ways to make life transitions, like the move from private school to public school, smoother for people with autism.

People at the conference also split into breakout groups. They learned about parent education, social skills and innovations in technology.

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