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Scholarship grant awarded to Autism Center

April 20, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The local chapter of the Autism Society of America has donated $2,000 to the Western Michigan University Center for Autism.

The donation came from proceeds from last year's Walk-About-Talk-About Autism charity walk. This year's walk is set for Saturday, April 23, at the Celery Flats recreation area in Portage.

"The generous grant from the local Autism Society chapter is being used to fund scholarships at the Center for Autism," says Dr. James Carr, WMU associate professor of psychology and center co-director. "These scholarships allow us to deliver services to local families that might not otherwise be able to afford them."

The WMU Center for Autism originally opened in 2000 and operated until 2002. After taking a year off to reorganize, the center reopened last year with a more efficient delivery system directed at parents of autistic children, rather than the children themselves. The new focus allows the center to serve more families more quickly.

For more information about the center, contact (269) 387-4459 or <wmuautism@hotmail.com>. Information also is available on the center's Web site at <www.wmich.edu/psychology/autism>.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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