The Hughes Center

The Hughes Center's Autism Spectrum Disorders Specialty Program offers a therapeutic and educational approach to increasing each resident's functional independence. The facility is located in the rolling hills of Southern Virginia, situated on 60 acres on the outskirts of Danville. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders so that they may achieve their full human potential and participate as independently as possible in their family relationships, educational experiences, and community life.

Our team of multi-disciplinary professionals includes: licensed special education instructors, highly trained mental health counselors, therapists, behavior analyst, a developmental behavioral pediatrician, a psychiatrist and registered nurses. This team works collaboratively to ensure the highest quality of care and programming for every resident participating in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Specialty Program at The Hughes Center.

The Hughes Center's treatment program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and its educational program is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Special Education Facilities (VAISEF). The facility is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Residential Program

The Hughes Center's Autism Spectrum Disorders Specialty Residential Program for Children and Adolescents delivers empirically supported interventions, educational strategies and associated therapies in order to increase each resident's functional independence. In order to optimize functional outcomes and improve each resident's quality of life, the Hughes Center also addresses the management of associated medical issues, coexisting mental health conditions and challenging behaviors. Our dedicated staff works hard to challenge residents to apply learned skills to new environments and situations; and to maintain functional use of these skills for when they reintegrate home.

Because families play such a key role in effective treatment, we empower them to monitor their own emotional and physical health. The Hughes Center provides support to families by providing specific autism spectrum disorders training, involving them as a co-therapist, providing emotional support through empathetic listening and talking through problems, assisting them in advocating for their child's other siblings' needs, providing them with access to on-going supports and additional services during critical periods and/or crises.

Day School Program

The Hughes Center's Autism Spectrum Disorders Specialty Day School Program includes a highly structured teaching environment focused on the organization of the physical learning environment, the predictability and sequences of activities, enhancing communication, improving socialization and the reduction of maladaptive behaviors all in an effort to successfully transition the student to a less restrictive educational setting. The Hughes Center offers a low student-to-teacher ratio that allows for sufficient amounts of one-on-one time and small group instruction to meet specific individualized goals.