Eggleston talks about

What’s New and the OK5K and 1-Mile Run, Walk and Roll

on the WNIS “Ask the Experts” show.


On May 25, 2024, Eggleston’s VP of Marketing and Development, Geraldine Eady and the Director of Marketing, Kristen Ricks, were joined by several guests on WNIS 790’s “Ask the Experts” show with Damien Hall.  Geraldine, started out by sharing a brief history of how and why Eggleston was started and what Eggleston’s been doing in 2024.  Click on the recording below to hear more about Eggleston.

On June 8th, Eggleston will be hosting their 15th Annual OK5K and 1-Mile Run, Walk and Roll.  This special event is designed for all abilities and mobilities and is Eggleston’s largest fund raising event. Click here to register or sign up as a volunteer.

Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors and participants this year’s event is sure to be another success.  Click on the recordings below to learn more about this event and hear from our two premier sponsors Mancon and Sentara.


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Please use these lists as a guide for our May 27, 2024 hours in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. For questions or additional information please call our front desk team at 757-858-8011 or email them at

Thank You!

April is recognized globally as Autism Acceptance Month, a time dedicated to acceptance, inclusivity, and support for the autism community. This month and every month, Eggleston celebrates neurodiversity through its Community Employment Program and other opportunities, helping develop the necessary skills to increase their independence and achieve personal goals on the autism spectrum.

Our initiatives encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse experiences within the autism community. We support autism awareness and advocate for the full participation of autistic individuals in all aspects of society, seeking to create a more inclusive world where everyone can live fully.

To honor this year’s World Autism Month, we’ve compiled resources for enriching the support network for autistic clients and students. Whether you are living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), caring for someone who is, or simply advocating for greater acceptance, this blog offers valuable insights and practical tips to help with many aspects of daily life.

Resources For Every Side of the Spectrum

1. Individual Goals

Everyone has their own set of challenges and things they’re good at, so tailoring plans for education, work, and day-to-day life that fit each person can help boost confidence and independence. This approach improves their overall quality of life.

When we focus on setting realistic goals based on the individual, not just the autism, we’re saying, “You matter, and your success matters.” It’s all about respecting the person and helping create a space where they can truly thrive.


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Digital Toolkit

Provides informational materials based on the latest research during National Autism Acceptance Month.

CDC Autism Acceptance Month Partner Toolkit

Offers key messages, social media content, and educational materials.

Therapy Goals for Adults with Autism

Holistic approach addressing communication skills, social integration, and personal independence.

2. Employment

Securing a job is a critical step for adults on the autism spectrum toward reaching their career aspirations and gaining more independence. Employment resources offer vocational training and fight for the accommodations people need in the workplace. This support helps match the unique talents of individuals with autism to the needs of employers, paving the way for not just a job but a fulfilling career. These employment resources for autism cultivate a diverse and inclusive workplace, benefiting all and promoting growth personally and within the community.


Eggleston Community Employment Program

Integrated into Eggleston’s careers, this program assists adults with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in finding employment by providing support throughout the process.

Real Work For Real Pay: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Employment Policy

Explains existing policies to help people with disabilities find and keep fulfilling jobs.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Guides workplace accommodations and employment issues.

3. Social Interactions

For adults on the autism spectrum, being part of social interactions is incredibly beneficial. It’s not just about talking to people; it’s about making meaningful connections and learning to handle the sensory inputs that come with different environments. They work on tuning down the noise and distractions that make social settings hard to navigate. Plus, by focusing on building relationships, they’re practicing communicating more effectively and becoming more self-aware in the process.


Our World and Autism: Making Friends as an Autistic Adult

Offers helpful tips for making friends as an autistic adult. It suggests connecting with local autism organizations, participating in activities, and using online communities.

Autism Speaks Social Skills Toolkit

Provides a comprehensive toolkit with tips and information for improving social skills. It covers topics like play, conversation, emotional, and problem-solving skills.

The Spectrum: Autism Social Interaction Strategies

Offers practical advice on understanding social cues, managing conflict, and developing social interaction skills. It emphasizes the importance of play, conversation, and emotional skills.

4. Anxiety Management

For people with autism, learning how to handle anxiety can make a big difference in everyday life and happiness. Using straightforward ways to relax and calm down—like breathing exercises or quiet time—can significantly help. It’s important to recognize when you’re starting to feel anxious so you can deal with it early on. This means less stress and more enjoying life’s moments.



The magazine article provides insights into recognizing anxiety disorders and understanding their effects on individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

ECL Easy Read Guide

Helps adults with learning disabilities and/or ASD manage anxiety.

Autism Speaks

Details treatment options for ASD in adults, emphasizing personalized approaches. Techniques such as CBT, mindfulness, and distress tolerance are highlighted for their effectiveness in managing anxiety.

5. Self-Care

Self-care empowers adults with ASD to take good care of their bodies and minds. This, in turn, sets them up for more freedom and self-assurance. Learning essential life skills such as cooking, cleaning, and finances equips them with the tools to handle everyday responsibilities and hurdles smoothly. Developing this area is vital for independent home life.


Eggleston Residential Care

Provides tailored support in both in-home and group settings, inspiring self-care and independence for adults with intellectual disabilities through skill-building in a supportive environment.

Autism Self Advocacy Network

Provides advocacy tools and educational resources for people with autism.

For more information on these resources or to support our initiatives with a donation, please contact Eggleston Services.