Sundance

For many parents with autistic children, Naoki Higashida’s book, The Reason I Jump, was nothing less that life altering. A collection of 58 questions and answers written by 13-year-old Naoki with a computer and letter board, it was a gateway to understanding our...

City Center NOVA Game Day

Greetings and salutations, City Center NOVA. My name is James Robert Conway Del Polito and I am an adult with autism. I’m a Staff Assistant at the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. My career initiated on 1/29/2013, and I’ve been...

Featured Member: David

My name is David Finland. I am 32 years old. I work a seasonal job for the U.S. Park Service as a U.S. Park Ranger at Wolf Trap from March – September. I have been living on my own for about a year now. I have HFA. I am also a part-time LYFT driver for the DMV....

Featured Member: Andrew

Hi, my name is Andrew. I am 29 and I am big into martial arts. I like to practice karate and I am looking into studying jiujitsu. I have a black belt in Tai Kwan Do. I have many favorite foods. I can’t name them all, but I like pizza, lobster, fried turkey at...

Gilliam Place on the Pike!

by Donna Budway We are in! We haven’t met all of our friends in the building yet, but last weekend, we had our first City Center NOVA meet and greet. The nerves are wearing off and everyone is settling in well – including the parents. We are planning on...

December 2019: Message From The Chair

Our team has been working hard the last few months to bring our mission statement to life! Pictured below is Gabe Manion, volunteer Deloitte Consultant and brother to CC NOVA member Mike Manion, applying his professional skills at our extended workshop. Gabe and other...
A Summer Celebration

A Summer Celebration

On Saturday, June 15, City Center NOVA hosted our first event since becoming an official non-profit. More than 125 people gathered at the Redeeming Grace Church in Fairfax, VA, to enjoy food, music and games. After a terrific musical performance, our Chairman of the...
This Business of Autism

This Business of Autism

Mother Starts Highly Successful Company for Individuals with Autism By Joe Manion [Note: Some information in this article was gleaned from news articles on Spectrum Design as well as viewing the film, The Business of Autism”.] Recently I attended a feature length film...
Kicking Things Off

Kicking Things Off

On a Sunday evening in March, the then Steering Committee of City Center NOVA met with more than 200 people at the Jewish Community Center of NOVA. The turnout was more than anyone had expected, showing the great need for such a project. Paula and Joe Manion kicked...

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