Board Statement

Board of Directors Statement on Non-Evidenced Based Practices at VIA

We, the Virginia Institute of Autism, state in our mission statement that we employ “evidence-based programs in education” to help people with autism. We do this in order to make the most of our limited resources and ensure we are genuinely and demonstrably teaching the people we serve. This is a central tenet of our mission that has a profound effect on the lives of people with autism, and everything we do at VIA revolves around it.

Regardless of how long they have been practiced or their purported results, any non-evidence-based practice will not be employed at VIA. One such longstanding example that falls outside the boundaries of evidence-based programs is the Rapid Prompting Method [RPM]. RPM has been practiced for at least 12 years, and in that period it has yet to undergo rigorous scientific study that demonstrates its effectiveness. Consequently, any findings based upon RPM would not be taken into account at VIA.

We believe our respect for evidence-based measurable outcomes supported by scientific method will significantly benefit those we serve and instill confidence in them and their families.”

VIA Board of Directors
Jason Cockerill, President
Kelly Moore, Vice-President
John Battiston, Treasurer
C. Milton Dunlap, III, Secretary
David C. Gordon
W. Keith Haney, CPA
Matt Hegemier
Richard “Dick” Lavine
Chris Little
Rob C. Masri
Molly McShane
Christopher Powell
Barbara G. Rainville
Andy Rod
Rich Stevenson
Jeff A. Thomas
Bernard C. Webb