Brittany Faison was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at 18 months old. At the time there was no program in the Richmond, Virginia area for children with autism. Shortly after her diagnosis, Brittany’s parents, Lynne and Don Faison, began researching the most effective teaching techniques available for their daughter and found an instructional program utilizing applied behavior analysis (ABA). Her grandparents, Alan Kirshner and Flo Guzman, saw the progress Brittany was experiencing and wanted other families to benefit from this instructional methodology. In response, Alan and Flo founded The Faison School for Autism in 1998 as an early childhood program. Over time, the school was contacted by parents and individuals in the community and asked to provide school-aged services as well. With the goal of helping other families by bringing state-of-the-art practices to the central Virginia area, The Faison School began to grow to meet the increasing needs of the ASD community.
Currently, over 200 individuals diagnosed with ASD and other developmental disabilities, ranging from age 16 months into adulthood, receive services from various programs throughout The Faison Center each day.