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History

VARC – a living tribute, a source of hope.

In a time when there were few answers and even fewer resources, Gail Mayfield became a familiar and comforting face to families throughout Virginia. In 1973, Mayfield started the first residential school program in the state for children with autism. She expanded her vision in 1982 with the founding of the Virginia Autism Resource Center.

Until her untimely death in 1997, Mayfield worked tirelessly on behalf of people with autism. She supported families and trained professionals, leaving Virginia much richer in resources than when she had started her work. Most of all, she left a legacy of hope. Her legacy continues today in the ongoing work of VARC.

Grafton Inc.

From 1982-2008, VARC was operated by Grafton Inc. In 2008, Grafton recognized a need to strengthen and expand services and began collaborating with Virginia Commonwealth University – specifically, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in the Department of Special Education and Disability Leadership. This collaboration has resulted in expanded resources and the extension of the VARC mission to include research. For more information, please visit the Grafton Inc. Web site.

VCU Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention Virginia Commonwealth University