Autism Initiatives: Building Opportunities for Networking and Discovery (BOND)

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. Participants are empowered as learners and leaders while they shape the development of this dynamic program.

MSU students experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) now have the opportunity to benefit from an endowment established by Paul and Christine Kindzierski. The family's passion for creating awareness around ASD inspired this initiative helping others engage fully at MSU by overcoming associated challenges. The Autism Initiatives Endowment is intent on helping students with ASD grow and persist at MSU.

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

BOND participants on a field trip.

Help us grow this opportunity and increase capacity by supporting this innovative program. To become involved and find out what this program can do for you, contact the Autism Spectrum Ability Access Specialist.

This donor-supported program provides awareness and expanded opportunity for persons with disabilities. You can help support this initiative or find out more about other RCPD programs and giving opportunities by visiting the Financial Contributions page.



BOND participants on a field trip.

BOND in the News:

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Expertise and Dedication Provide Leadership in Autism and Mental Health

The RCPD is going through a transition of our own as we warmly welcome Grace (Boyang) Tong as an ASD and Psychiatric Disability Specialist, and bid Kelsey Foote farewell as she takes on a new adventure in the field.

No Boundaries: RCPD Students Engage Opportunity to Study Abroad

Hundreds of students at Michigan State set out on study abroad adventures across the globe every summer. Two of our very own RCPD students decided to share their experiences with us!

Apply for the Workforce Recruitment Program!

Are you interested in working in the government for the summer or after you graduate? If so, The Academic Resource Center would like to tell you about a great opportunity for RCPD students!