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VT Center for Autism Research

Merging science with service

through interventions, education, and research.

Photo credit: Brent Clark

Table with 3 sets of hands (clinicians and client) playing a game
Photo credit: Brent Clark

Welcome to the
Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research

where our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families through intervention, education, and research directed towards effective treatments and supports.



Keeping you informed.

The VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research Biennial Conference:

Autism in the COVID-19 Era

Friday, April 23, 2-5pm

Dr. Angela Scarpa on her front porch in a face mask during the pandemic.
Angela Scarpa outside her home, donning a mask in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Expanding our reach.

“Imagine a world where all therapists are trained to conduct tele-therapy and tele-assessments for people with autism and their families, and where we overcome the usual barriers to providing such services. This was the moment to begin making this vision a reality.”  - Angela Scarpa, Director, VT  Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research

History with a heart.

Responding to the direct needs of our communities.


Child and clinician walking up to the front of the VT Autism Clinic, a white, one story building.
Outside the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic.
3 sets of hands playing games on a table
The Mobile Autism Clinic parked at the Mount Rogers Community Services Fernwood Counseling Center in Galax, Va.

Together we can continue to merge science with service.

Your financial support is critical to the success of the VT Autism Clinic, including our mobile
services. Contributions from our alumni, families, and friends help rural communities
access critical, affordable services.


The VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research sincerely hope that you are doing well during these challenging times.  In the midst of the pandemic and the continued racial injustices plaguing communities of color, we know Black Lives Matter.  Grounded in Virginia Tech's Principles of Community, "we reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.” VTAC/CAR publicly condemns systemic and institutional racism and the continued senseless acts of race-based violence.