Education and Research Partners

The Faison School for Autism is affiliated with two major university research partners – the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute. In addition to collaboration in research efforts, The Faison School consults with both partners for support in student behavior plans and academic programming.

The school's staff members have also benefited from certification courses offered by the University of Richmond, The Florida Institute of Technology and Nichols State University.

Community Partners

The Faison School partners with several generous businesses in the Richmond area that contribute to our school in ways beyond financial needs. Many of these community partners allow students of our Life Skills & Employment Center to gain vocational experience, either through an internship, a volunteer position or a paid position. Other organizations regularly send volunteers to The Faison School to interact with students, sponsor special activities, provide manual labor to keep our facilities updated, or host classes.

Current community partners in the Richmond area include:

  • Bon Secours Richmond Health System – Qualified students have received paid positions at Bon Secours, with one student recently earning recognition for five years of service.
  • Capital One – For the past two years, Capital One has hosted field day events at The Faison School.
  • Collegiate School – Volunteers from the Collegiate School visit our classrooms and allow our students to practice their social skills with peers of the same age. The school has also hosted a summer program for The Faison School students for the past two years.
  • CVS (Willow Lawn) – Students of The Faison School are often given internships and the opportunity to gain work experience at CVS. The store also accommodates students on shopping trips, where they practice life skills.
  • Food Lion – Internships are available, allowing students to exercise both vocational and social skills. The store also regularly welcomes students for shopping trips as part of their life and social skills practice.
  • Markel – Paid positions are offered (when available) to qualified students who show interest.
  • The Giving Heart – This non-profit center, which provides food and essential items to those in need, allows students into their volunteer program.
  • HandsOn Greater Richmond – Volunteers from this organization have provided manual labor for our facilities, including painting and decorating our Life Skills & Employment Center.
  • The Jefferson Hotel – The Faison School’s students have received paid positions at The Jefferson, one of Richmond’s finest hotels.
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Students are accepted into the volunteer program to exercise their social skills and experience.
  • School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) – The Faison School benefits from SPARC’s LIVE ART program, an inclusive arts education program that ends with a popular performance each year. In 2013, the performance sold out the Altria Theater, and The Faison School’s students performed with popular artists Jason Mraz and KD Lang, among others.
  • Steward School – Volunteers from the Steward School regularly visit The Faison School and provide valuable peer interaction opportunities for our students. The school also hosts a field day for students of The Faison School.
  • Visual Arts Center – The center generously hosts classes for The Faison School's students.
  • Weinstein Jewish Community Center – The center has donated several passes, allowing our students to exercise in their facilities at no cost.
  • Westhampton Day School – Students have been given internship opportunities at Westhampton Day School.