VTAC/CAR stands in solidarity with Black/African American and Asian/Asian-American individuals, families, and community members. We strongly affirm the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and condemn hate and oppression in any form. We recognize that the experience of racial discrimination affects many members of our community. We recognize that psychological distress may arise including vicarious trauma, racial trauma, concerns about community violence and discrimination on the basis of race, feelings of isolation, and disempowerment, among other distressing psychological concerns. For those affected by these experiences, we encourage seeking support and services, which may be accessed by contacting the Psychological Services Center at 540-231-6914.
We also strongly support neurodiversity and acknowledge varying preferences regarding language among self-advocates within the autism and broader community. Please let us know your preference for identity-first (i.e., "autistic individual") or person-first language (i.e., "individual with autism/ASD") when we meet.