The Faison School for Autism was founded in 1998 by Alan Kirshner and Flo Guzman. Alan and Flo’s granddaughter, Brittany Faison, was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old, and there was currently no program in the Richmond, Virginia, area for children with autism.
Shortly after her diagnosis, Brittany began an instructional program utilizing applied behavior analysis (ABA). Alan and Flo saw the progress their granddaughter was experiencing and wanted other families to benefit from this instructional methodology. Alan and Flo started The Faison School as an early childhood program. Over time, they were contacted by parents and individuals in the community and asked to provide school-aged services as well. Their goal was to help other families by bringing state-of-the-art practices to the central Virginia area.
Today, The Faison School is a non-profit 501(c)(3) licensed as a day school by the Virginia Department of Education. The school provides on-site services and programs for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ranging from age 16 months into adulthood.