Chosen among 70+ affiliates, the award examines criteria surrounding organizational values, growth, collaboration, leadership and impact.

September 30, 2022, Rockville, MD – The Autism Society of America is thrilled to announce that the Autism Society of Central Virginia is the well-deserved recipient of the  2022 Affiliate of the Year Award. The award was presented at the 2022 Affiliate Conference (an internal event) by the Autism Society of America’s Board Chair, Tracey Staley, delivered to Ann Flippin, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Central Virginia.

Each year, the Autism Society of America reviews the incredible work and impact of our network of affiliates; this award designation is given to an outstanding affiliate that exemplifies our mission, collaborates, is a recognized leader among peers, has premier programming and events, and champions the Autism Society network as a whole.

“The Autism Society of Central Virginia creates connections within its community everyday through its commitment to collaboration, advocacy efforts, and creative, engaging programs and events,” states Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America. “Through Ann’s leadership, and the passionate commitment from her team, Autism Society of Central Virginia continues to be a mentor and leads by example among peers.”

The Autism Society of Central Virginia has experienced tremendous growth over the past year, not just in revenue, but in programmatic development; the affiliate held over 350 programs with more than 5,000 participants. They implemented a strategic plan focused on organizational growth and increased mission impact. Executive Director, Ann Flippin, is an active member of National-led committees, and significantly helped support the Brand Development project, and the network-wide brand launch in November 2021.

“We are truly grateful and humbled to be chosen as this year’s Affiliate of the Year,” shares Ann Flippin, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Central Virginia. “Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers has worked relentlessly to expand our programs and support services to meet an intensified demand, and to create a community of support for the Autism community in the greater Richmond area.  We look forward to continued growth and impact for many years to come.”

Significantly noteworthy, was the Autism Society of Central Virginia’s “RVA Duck Race and Festival of Inclusion,” a new community event that attracted over 7,500 participants and raised over $160,000 in its first year, creating a fun, inclusive experience for all. Overall, this affiliate is incredibly engaged, passionate, and collaborative; they exemplify our mission every day through their work.

Congratulations to the entire team at the Autism Society of Central Virginia.