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History

1958

Grafton was founded by Ruth Birch to serve her son and others with learning disabilities.

1973

Became the first residential educational program for individuals with Autism in Virginia

1981

Opened first group home for adolescents with Autism

Completed first official statewide study of Autism in Virginia, lauded as one of the best state studies in the nation

1989

Opened Richmond facility

1994

Opened second educational facility in Winchester

2002

Opened Medicaid-approved psychiatric residential treatment center in Berryville

2005

Received CARF accreditation for Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility

2007

Recognized by the International Mental Health Leadership as one of only four North American providers to exemplify best practice in treatment of individuals with complex disabilities

2008

Won Negley President’s Award for excellence in risk management practices

2010

Partnered with City of Winchester Department of Social Services to provide early intervention services to the Shenandoah Valley

2013

Began delivering training and consultation both nationally and internationally

2015

Launched Ukeru Systems, a division of Grafton, offering trauma-informed, restraint-free crisis management training

2015

Rolled out ProEventa goal mastery software

2017