Charlottesville Regional Autism Action Group (CRAAG)

The Charlottesville Regional Autism Action Group (CRAAG) is one of three active all-volunteer regional Autism Action Groups initiated by Commonwealth Autism. CRAAG, established in 2010, serves Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson.

The mission of the Autism Action Groups is to provide leadership in the implementation of a regional system of services and resources to maximize the potential and quality of life of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families across the lifespan.

While CRAAG is passionate about the broad spectrum of autism/developmental disabilities, active team members are largely well-seasoned parents of individuals ranging from transition age to adulthood facing lifelong challenges.

This highly motivated group is keenly focused on getting their family members positioned to thrive before they themselves can no longer directly advocate, care and support them. It is our sincere hope that more self-advocates and parents of much younger children will also join us in giving voice to the needs of autism/developmental disabilities in public conversations, and in striving to make the broader community welcoming, accessible and meaningful to such individuals.

As CRAAG works to expand our reach and impact, we recognize the need to sharpen our advocacy skills. This includes our efforts to connect with legislators, partner with our allies, interact with media, and air the tough issues in a constructive and effective manner.

Are you ready to take action and start your own group?  Download our guide to kick start your own Developmental Disabilities Action Group.

CRAAG Welcomes:

  • Self-advocates
  • Family members of any aged individual with autism/developmental disabilities
  • Educators, professionals, and service providers

CRAAG’s Focus:

  • Supported housing, qualified services, socialization, meaningful employment, advocacy and awareness for transitioning young adults and adults with autism/developmental disabilities
  • Partnering with like-minded allies: Commonwealth Autism, Region Ten, Virginia Institute of Autism, WorkSource Enterprises, UVA, Department of Aging and Rehabilitation, Piedmont Regional Education Program, Legal Aid Justice Center, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, ARC of the Piedmont, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation, and Blue Ridge Care Connection for Children

CRAAG’s Work Group – Join Us!

  • Outreach and networking
  • Housing, qualified services and socialization
  • Communications
  • Advocacy and awareness

4th Wednesday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Region Ten’s Campus, Administrative Building, Room 502A, 500 Old Lynchburg Rd. Charlottesville.

(September to May): 2nd Friday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park St, Charlottesville

Each section contains supporting documents from Workshops and Town Halls that CRAAG has organized. If you want more information on any of them, please email us.

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