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With traveling clinic, Virginia Tech to take autism services to rural Virginia

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Angela Scarpa, left, and Jen Pollard Scott are leading the plans for the new Virginia Tech Mobile Autism Clinic.

Affiliated faculty Angela Scarpa is part of the leading group for the new Virginia Tech Mobile Autism Clinic. Virginia Tech faculty and graduate students are taking their expertise on autism spectrum disorder on the road with a unique mission — to serve people who live in Virginia’s rural Central Appalachian region.

They are converting a recreational vehicle into a traveling clinic to provide clinical care and support to families who have children with autism.

“Appalachia is one of the most underserved regions in the country,” said Angela Scarpa, an associate professor of psychology at Virginia Tech who is leading the mobile clinic effort. She also co-directs the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic in Blacksburg.

“A lot of the families have nowhere to turn,” she said.

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