Individuals with special needs face unique challenges across the lifespan. To best promote learning and development, early intervention and educational supports are key and can make the difference in a child’s life. However, support should not stop with education. Individuals with special needs have the same goal as any other person – independence. As we grow into adulthood, we work toward our own independence. This work is done across all settings – home, social, school and vocational. Therefore, supports for individuals with special needs should include all of these settings. This is why family services, job coaching and training, in-home and adult services are vital to the futures of so many individuals. SVH programs will give the support needed to achieve the mutual goal of independence that we all share.
Christina Giuliano joined the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center team in February 2015 and is currently the Executive Director. She resides in Salem, Va with her husband, Joey. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the states of Kentucky and Virginia.
Christina began working with children with special needs in 2002, and soon realized that she had found her passion and wanted to continue in the field and work with those with unique challenges. She obtained a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Auburn University. After receiving a fellowship in 2007, Christina began working for the May Institute, a non-profit organization that serves individuals with special needs across the lifespan. Within a few years, Christina was chosen to open a new office in Clarksville, Tennessee, which provided in-home support to military families with children with special needs. In 2011, the May Institute awarded her the Trustees Award, which recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the company and the families served. Following the growth of the Tennessee office, Christina became the Regional Director and supervised successful offices in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Colorado.
In addition to her position as Executive Director of BRAAC, Christina enjoys serving on the Virginia Autism Council and as Vice-Chair of the Katie’s Place Board of Directors. In her free time, Christina enjoys kayaking with her husband, photography and baking.