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Kelly Autism Program receives 15-passenger van from GM

The Kelly Autism Program, part of the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU, has received a donation of a 15-passenger van from Chevrolet and the GM Corvette Plant.

According to KAP Director Marty Boman, the van will benefit college students in the program.

The Kelly Autism Program has received the donation of a 15-passenger van from Chevrolet and the GM Corvette Plant. WKU President Gary Ransdell and Corvette Plant manager Dave Tatman participated in the presentation Aug. 20 at the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

“The KAP staff uses the van every day to transport our participants to various locations so they can experience new activities,” Dr. Boman said.  “Also, there is a great need to have activities planned off campus for our many out-of-state college students, as they do not have opportunities to get involved with their communities.  This van will provide many social outings as well as new experiences for the approximately 130 participants at KAP.”

Sarah McMaine-Render, Program Manager for KAP, said they would not have been able to offer summer programming without the use of the van.  “We take all the participants out into the community daily, so the van has played a critical role in our ability to effectively get everyone where they need to go,” she said.

“GM Corvette Assembly has long been committed to being a worthy partner with our Bowling Green community,” said Dave Tatman, Plant Manager of GM’s Corvette Plant.  “When we learned of this need at the Kelly Autism Program, we saw it as a key way to support one of the premier organizations in our country in advancing the cause of autism awareness.  We are delighted to donate this van to the Kelly Autism Program on behalf of General Motors, Chevrolet and Corvette Assembly.”

The Kelly Autism Program has received the donation of a 15-passenger van from Chevrolet and the GM Corvette Plant. From left are Corvette Plant manager Dave Tatman, KAP director Marty Boman, Linda and John Kelly, and WKU President Gary Ransdell. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

John Kelly, who with his wife, Linda, helped start the Kelly Autism Program, said: “We cannot thank GM and Chevrolet enough for their support and assistance.  This van will allow us to better handle activities and logistics for all the CEC participants, especially the KAP university students, by providing a safe and efficient way to travel throughout the campus and the community.  Thank you on behalf of the CEC and the Kelly Autism Program.”

About the Kelly Autism Program: KAP is designed to provide services to individuals from the age of 7 through adulthood, who have been diagnosed along the Autism Spectrum Continuum, as well as their families. KAP also serves as a training opportunity for future professionals in a variety of disciplines. KAP programming includes: elementary school, middle school, high school and post-secondary participants including higher education, vocational training and job support.

Contact: Rick Dubose, (270) 745-5405.

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