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Autism Support


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Support Documents

The Heart of Virginia Council is committed to providing resources to help Scout leaders, parents and Scouts have a rewarding and positive Scouting experience.  In addition to the Autism support resources shown below, the Council maintains autism references and videos at the Heart of Virginia Council service center where leaders have the opportunity to research or check out.  These resources are maintained at the reception area.  Take some time to review the resources shown below, because they offer a lot of good information about how you can support and encourage Scouts on the autism spectrum.

Additionally, the Council has an Autism Support Committee of volunteers that meets each month on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30PM, usually at the Council service center.

Resources for Scout Leaders


Scouting and Autism with Dr. Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Autism in Scouting:  One Boy’s Personal Journey –

Autistic Cub Scout Saves Teacher’s Life

Temple Grandin (movie) –

A Mile in His Shoes (movie) –


Websites and other resources:

Autism and Scouting Resources for Leaders –

Autism University

The Way I See It by Temple Grandin  (book)


Resources For Parents

Autism and Scouting Resources for Leaders –

Autism Society –

Commonwealth Autism Service –
VCU Autism Center for Excellence –

Unwritten Rules for Social Relationships by Temple Grandin (book)

Asperger’s Rules – How to Make Sense of School and Friends by Blythe Grossberg (book)

A View from the Inside by Temple Grandin (book)


Autism Awareness and Scouting Events