We do things differently.

In 1995, a frustrated but visionary group of parents of children with autism started our organization to bridge the service gaps their families faced.

We’re still passionate about serving people with autism, but our mission has expanded to include systems level work for all types of developmental disabilities. Since our humble beginnings around a kitchen table, we’ve grown to an organization with a budget of $3.7 million. And now in addition to providing direct support and services for people with autism and developmental disabilities, we also work to improve the systems that serve them.

Our Mission

We impact capacity development in human service systems through strategic public-private partnerships, leadership and collaboration.

Our Vision

We envision an inclusive Virginia where all people have the opportunity to participate in every aspect of our community and realize their full potential.

Our Promise

We will be flexible, we will adapt, and we will learn from safe failures. We will continue to evolve to best meet the needs of all Virginians.

Our Values

Above all else, we value:

  • Collaboration: We develop, maintain and leverage relationships with people and organizations who strive to make human service systems work better for everyone.
  • Best Practices: We work hard to stay on top of evidence-based and intervention research so we can adhere to, model and teach best practices.
  • Innovation: We challenge the status quo. We confront problems with new solutions, breaking down barriers to complex issues.
  • Transparency: Openness and honesty build trust among our staff, partners and the larger community.
  • Flexibility: We embrace change. Our ability to adapt to best meet the needs of our audience is one of our greatest strengths.

Statement of Inclusion

We believe in full inclusion regardless of race, gender, dis/ability, sexual orientation, self-identity, age, cultural and geographic origin and language. We tailor our services with sensitivity and strengthen our organization by embracing the full array of humanity.

For people with disabilities, we:

  • Provide accessible parking at the front entrance to our Parham Road office.
  • Provide accessible restrooms.
  • Welcome service dogs in our facilities.
  • Provide certain assistive or adapted materials or services with at least 72 hours’ notice.
  • Access a relay service for phone conversations with people who are deaf, hearing impaired or have speech disabilities.
  • Welcome volunteers with disabilities and ensure that they have meaningful work to do.
  • Include people with and without disabilities in the same programs. We only offer separate programs if absolutely necessary.
  • Recruit board members who will advocate for and are familiar with individuals with a variety of needs.
  • Include considerations for people with disabilities in our policies and procedures.
  • Make our staff aware of environmental modifications and accommodations that individuals with disabilities may need.

We do things differently.

In 1995, a frustrated but visionary group of parents of children with autism started our organization to bridge the service gaps their families faced.

We’re still passionate about serving people with autism, but our mission has expanded to include systems level work for all types of developmental disabilities. Since our humble beginnings around a kitchen table, we’ve grown to an organization with a budget of $3.7 million. And now in addition to providing direct support and services for people with autism and developmental disabilities, we also work to improve the systems that serve them.

Our Mission

We impact capacity development in human service systems through strategic public-private partnerships, leadership and collaboration.

Our Vision

We envision an inclusive Virginia where all people have the opportunity to participate in every aspect of our community and realize their full potential.

Our Promise

We will be flexible, we will adapt, and we will learn from safe failures. We will continue to evolve to best meet the needs of all Virginians.

Our Values

Above all else, we value:

  • Collaboration: We develop, maintain and leverage relationships with people and organizations who strive to make human service systems work better for everyone.
  • Best Practices: We work hard to stay on top of evidence-based and intervention research so we can adhere to, model and teach best practices.
  • Innovation: We challenge the status quo. We confront problems with new solutions, breaking down barriers to complex issues.
  • Transparency: Openness and honesty build trust among our staff, partners and the larger community.
  • Flexibility: We embrace change. Our ability to adapt to best meet the needs of our audience is one of our greatest strengths.

Statement of Inclusion

We believe in full inclusion regardless of race, gender, dis/ability, sexual orientation, self-identity, age, cultural and geographic origin and language. We tailor our services with sensitivity and strengthen our organization by embracing the full array of humanity.

For people with disabilities, we:

  • Provide accessible parking at the front entrance to our Parham Road office.
  • Provide accessible restrooms.
  • Welcome service dogs in our facilities.
  • Provide certain assistive or adapted materials or services with at least 72 hours’ notice.
  • Access a relay service for phone conversations with people who are deaf, hearing impaired or have speech disabilities.
  • Welcome volunteers with disabilities and ensure that they have meaningful work to do.
  • Include people with and without disabilities in the same programs. We only offer separate programs if absolutely necessary.
  • Recruit board members who will advocate for and are familiar with individuals with a variety of needs.
  • Include considerations for people with disabilities in our policies and procedures.
  • Make our staff aware of environmental modifications and accommodations that individuals with disabilities may need.

Our Leadership

Adult Programs Counselor

Danya provides support to our clients who live in the community by helping them learn and gain the skills….

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Human Resources Coordinator

Brandi Henderson as CA’s Human Resources Coordinator, she loves having the opportunity to make a positive impact…

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Project Specialist

Tracy Gravely has the most tenure at CA having been with us since 2001. Because of her dedication to CA…

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Payroll Specialist

Claudette GadsdenPayroll Specialist As our Payroll Specialist, Claudette Gadsden is essential for ensuring CA staff members and our Share Services…

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Project Specialist

If you asked Nick Fields’ teammates, they would say he is a jack of all trades…

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Adult Programs Manager

As our Adult Programs Manager, Sarah works directly with clients, has oversight of day-to-day operations at the residential facility, implements…

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Director of Early Childhood

Tammy is essential to CA helping organizations in the Richmond area working in early childhood.

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As a high schooler, Jessica babysat for and fell in love with a little boy with autism. She’s been passionate…

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Board of Directors

Board Chair

Doug is a lawyer with Hunton & Williams, LLP, and a member of the firm’s litigation team. Doug is admitted…

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Harry is a retired chemical engineer with an MBA. He has three children and two step-children, one of…

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Secretary

Don is a senior vice president of digital at Capital One. He leads an enterprise team through digital strategy, product…

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Board Member

René is a principal at The SalesBoost Companies. She has over 25 years of experience in working with organizations to…

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Board Member

Nikia is President of Dower and Associates, Inc., a small private speech/language and ABA practice…

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Board Member

 John W. Harrington, MD, FAAP is Professor of Pediatrics and Division Director of General Academic Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical…

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Board Member

Laura is a technology director and agile portfolio lead with Capital One.  She has worked at Capital One for the last…

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Dr. Amanda A. Randall is a behavior analyst and consultant who works with schools, families, and organizations to improve the…

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Our Impact Reports

We are proud of our programs, progress and profound impact. We invite you to read about our work in these annual summaries.

Our Impact Reports

We are proud of our programs, progress and profound impact. We invite you to read about our work in these annual summaries.

Our Timeline

Kitchen Conversations

A visionary group of parents of children with autism recognized significant service gaps in Virginia. They created the Autism Program of Virginia (TAP-VA).

Gaining Ground

The General Assembly supported our mission through a state appropriation. A public-private partnership began.

Building Relationships

We held our inaugural—and now annual—autism conference to educate and train the community.

Feet on the Street

We began community organizing efforts around the state through Autism Action Groups.

Future Focus

Our strategy shifted and we began to focus our efforts on capacity building for service providers, such as school personnel, law enforcement, etc.

Forging an Identity

We rebranded ourselves as “Commonwealth Autism Services” to better reflect our mission and vision and the values of accessibility and inclusion.

Expansion

We developed a transdisciplinary diagnostic and assessment clinic and began replicating our diagnostic assessment model around the state.

Reaching For More

We acquired the Dominion School for Autism and began providing direct services through the school.

Expanding Services

We acquired Richmond House, a program offering residential and community supports, diversifying and growing our service offerings.

Supporting Sustainability

We joined forces with other community partners to launch a Shared Service Alliance to support the sustainability of early childhood education centers.

A Rebrand + Rededication

Commonwealth Autism is now “CA Human Services.” We’re still passionate about improving services for people with autism, but now we do even more. Much more.

25 Years of Service

This year we celebrate 25 years advocating for, enabling and creating change.

How can we help you today?

(804) 355-0300 information@cahumanservices.org

Administrative Office & Mailing Address

4108 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228

CA Adult Programs

Conveniently located in the city of Richmond’s Near West End.

CA Children's Programs

Centers around the Richmond, VA area

Innovation is the thread that runs through all of our work. From the day-to-day activities or running programs for children and adults, to the long-term systems transformation work we do, we always seek new ways to impact change.

Jessica Philips, M.A., BCBA, LBA | President & CEO

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