World According to Matt

Where the Mysteries of Autism are Revealed One Story at a Time

Juniper Hill Farms

Juniper Hill Farms is a model of independent living for adults on the autism spectrum.

It is not a group home, nor a 'facility'. Juniper Hill Farms is just a farm - a bit outside the city limits - where guys are renting their home, doing their chores - or not, and shopping, interacting and living - independently.  A wonder solution to the question of what happens when the autistic child grows up?  The small farm in southeastern Pennsylvania is complete with lots of animals.... and fields of sunflowers in the summer.Check out this website - and read their blogs - they're great!! 

Community Resources

Check out the site Autism Hangout for great information on autism resources, education, articles, news - videos too!


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Autism Awareness in Southwest Virginia 


DogWish trains and places certified Service Dogs for those with Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome, Seizures, Alzheimer’s Syndrome, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, and other neurological disorders and/or special needs. We are experts at Tethering, and one of the most successful organizations around for getting our Service Dogs into Public Schools.




Autism Family Support Groups

Autism Parent Support Group - Blacksburg, VA 

For parents of school aged children with
Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
at Virginia Tech Autism Clinic
3110 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6914 Contact Jennifer Shanks

Greater Roanoke Valley Autism Action Group - Roanoke and Salem, VA

The GRVAAG holds planning meetings on the first Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center located at 1502B Williamson Road, N.E., Roanoke.

 New River League of Therapists Autism Support Group
The League is offering a FREE support group for parents and their children.
Childcare is provided. Siblings are welcome. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 pm.
7350 Peppers Ferry Blvd
Fairlawn, VA 24141
Please call (540) 633-3816 for more information or to RSVP

 Southwest Virginia Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group
Serving Smyth County and surrounding areas. Meets on the third Sunday of every month in Marion, VA. Contact Jessica Davenport (276) 646-8949 or Miranda Davenport:

 Twin County Autism Support Group

The Twin County Autism Support Group for Galax, Grayson, Carroll and surrounding areas
Contact Leigh Anne Phillips at (276) 236-1766, or Karen Poe at (276)
728-3121/236-7151 ext. 143, for more information
Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group- Wythe Co.
A Special Needs Parent Support Group for Wythe Co. sponsored by the Mt. Rogers Community Services Board. Meets September through May, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 6-8pm,June through August, 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6-8pm, at the Mt. Rogers Community Services Board Youth Services Office, on Main Street in Wytheville. Contact Jenny Buchanan,Counselor, Student Support Services at 276-223-3291, extension 124 or 276-620-2323  

Radford University Autism Center

Radford University Autism Center

Serves individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), families, teachers, speech-language pathologists and other professionals working with children and adults with autism, researchers studying autism spectrum disorders, and undergraduate and graduate students interested in a future career working with individuals with ASD.

Autism Smiles

Welcome Trinity International Autism Foundation!

Trinity International Autism Foundation serves a community of over 21,000 people of the Wakiso District in Uganda.  There mission is to bring hope to the thousands of children in need.  They need a sponsor to help bring food and education tools so these children can thrive and learn.  Please visit their page and if you can help, contact them by clicking the link above.

Danny Did Foundation

The book, "Fly Danny, Fly" is a sweet children's book by Chip Gilbertson and Gina Restivo.  This is the story about a little boy with a very vivid imagination that starts to doubt himself because other children do not envision what he does.  It's about being different and allowing yourself to be different instead of trying to act "normal".  Instead, the message is allow yourself to keep your own unique qualities of who you really are if you wish to be truly happy. 

Founded in 2010 by Mike and Mariann Stanton after the Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) of their four-year-old son Danny, the Foundation is dedicated to preventing deaths caused by seizures. The Danny Did Foundation’s name derives from the last sentence of Danny’s obituary: Please Go And Enjoy Your Life. Danny Did."  

Learn more by following the link, Fly Danny, Fly.