In The News: Jamari’s Language Journey at SJV

April is Autism Awareness Month. While we promote inclusion of the children and adults we serve and celebrate all those who support them, it fills us with joy to share with you the testimonial of a parent whose child’s future has changed course at the Villa’s Sarah Dooley Center for Autism (SDCA).

The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently published an Op-Ed by Missy Jasper, who works as an instructional assistant with Louisa County Public Schools. Her son Jamari has attended SDCA for the past five years, and in that time he has had an amazing language development journey. He came to us completely nonverbal. He is now communicating with the help of language assistive technology and can vocalize words. He loves counting aloud and pointing out colors. Ms. Jasper says bringing Jamari to SDCA was the best decision she’s ever made since getting him diagnosed early. He was diagnosed at 21 months.

Click here to read Jamari’s story.

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