BLACKSBURG, Va. — A group of Virginia Tech faculty and graduate students are converting a recreational vehicle into a traveling clinic to serve children with autism in Virginia’s rural Central Appalachian region.

Beginning this spring, participants plan to drive the converted RV several times a week about 115 miles southwest from Blacksburg to an area covered by the Mount Rogers Community Services Board.

The team will offer therapy sessions for families and children with autism spectrum disorder.

Angela Scarpa, an associate professor of psychology at Virginia Tech who is leading the mobile clinic project, said Appalachia is one of the most underserved regions in the country, leaving many families with no place to turn.

The RV is currently undergoing renovations to create space inside for therapy, meetings and a sitting area for clients.