HEART (in progress)


Helping Expand Autism Awareness

Resource Team

 The HEART TEAM of Wise County was formed in 2007 when a team of 5 individuals from Powell Valley Primary School accepted an invitation to participate in an intensive training on evidence based practices for supporting children with autism. The training was provided through the Virginia Department of Education’s TTAC and participation required a commitment to bring the information back to local schools, communities, and families.  The HEART TEAM of Wise County has provided a variety of presentations and trainings for community agencies, schools, and families as well as sponsoring community awareness events. The team has been a vital part of increasing awareness of autism and related issues in our region.  They continue their mission by providing presentations within the community as requested, and maintaining a Resource Library with up to date resources for educators and families.

Team members:

 Dixie Prewitt
Special Education Teacher

 Emily Wyatt
Special Education Teacher

 Kim Parsons
General Education Teacher

 Nell McAfee

 Donna Townsend
Guidance Counselor

 Cheryl Harrison
Instructional Coach

 Cindy Bates
Autism Coordinator

To access the HEART Resource Library or schedule a presentation

Contact:  Donna Townsend

                 Powell Valley Primary School
                 2945 Second Avenue East
                 Big Stone Gap, Va.  24219

                 Phone: 276 523 4900
                 Fax: 276 523 4901

                 Email: dtownsend@wisek12.org

Helpful Resource Links for educators and parents of children with autism

VCU Autism Center for Excellence                                  http://www.vcuautismcenter.org/projects/varc.cfm

Autism Society of America                                              http://www.autism-society.org/

T-TAC Online                                                                       https://ttaconline.org/

The Gray Center (Social Stories)                                      http://www.thegraycenter.org/

Temple Grandin.com                                                         http://templegrandin.com/

Autism Internet Modules                                                       http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/

National Professional Development Center for Autism    http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/

Autism Institute                                                                      http://www.autism.com/

Autism Teaching Tools                                                          http://www.autismteachingtools.com/