MSU students experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) benefit from an endowment established by Paul and Christine Kindzierski. The family’s passion for creating awareness around ASD inspired this initiative to assist MSU students to overcome ASD-related challenges. The Autism Initiatives Endowment is intent on helping students on the Autism Spectrum grow holistically and gain academic and personal capacity at MSU.
The BOND Program went live in 2010 with initial support from families experiencing autism and later from the Grand Rapids-based Baldwin Foundation. BOND offers structured opportunities for social and communication development. Within this program, students connect with others facing similar challenges, grow capacity, and contribute awareness and ability to the broader MSU and autism community. The BOND program empowers participants as learners and leaders as they shape the development of this dynamic program.
The vision of the MSU BOND Program:
- Connect with others sharing similar interests and/or challenges
- Enhance and practice social and coping skills
- Build self-esteem and personal concept
- Pursue new experiences in a safe and supportive environment
- Develop academic skills and effective support systems