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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A Transformational Gift from One Family to Another

Thanks to the Gilbert family, we've added three new full-time positions to enhance our vision of making MSU accessible to all.

State News Features RCPD Student

Director Michael Hudson and Specialists Darryl Steele and Virginia (Ginger) Martz share their insights in assisting students with disabilities in a State News article.

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.