SJU Hosts 5K Run/Walk in Support of Autism

Funds to expand Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support programs

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

by Marie Vitale '14

PHILADELPHIA (September 25, 2012) —Saint Joseph’s Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support will host a 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk to raise money to support services for children with autism and their families. The race will take place on Sat., Oct. 13 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus. The cost is $25 per person or $100 for a group of five to register, which can be done online at http://kinneyautism.sju.edu/, or on the day of the race at 7 a.m. Those who register will also receive a t-shirt.

Since its opening on Saint Joseph’s James J. Maguire ’58 Campus in 2009, the Kinney Center has worked to provide multi-disciplinary education and research opportunities for students, teachers, professionals, and parents who seek to improve and extend opportunities, outcomes, quality of life and best practices in treatment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The Center offers services, resources, and information; support and guidance; and tools for public and individual advocacy that contributes to improved autism awareness and care.

“The Kinney Center Run/Walk for Autism is a tremendous opportunity to invite the University community to join children with autism and their families who are served through Kinney programs to raise support and awareness,” says Ryan Hammond, Director of Major Gifts.

The proceeds from the race will support the Kinney SCHOLARS program (Students Committed to Helping Others Learn about Autism Research and Support). SCHOLARS are SJU undergraduates who work one-on-one with individuals with autism at the Kinney Center by planning and giving lessons, monitoring progress, recording and studying data. Kinney SCHOLARS get hand-on experience and go on to pursue careers in the field.

About: With its roots in the Jesuit mission of service and cura personalis, or care for the whole person, the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support seeks to address the needs of those who struggle day-to-day with autism, either as individuals or caregivers. The mission of the Kinney Center is to provide multi-disciplinary education and research opportunities for students, teachers, professionals, and parents who seek to improve and extend opportunities, outcomes, quality of life and best practices in treatment for people with ASD. The Kinney Center offers services, resources, and information; support and guidance; and tools for public and individual advocacy that contribute to improved autism awareness and care.

For more information, contact the Kinney Center at 610-660-2170 or kinneyautism@sju.edu.

Background

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University advances the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a demanding, yet supportive, educational experience. One of only 152 schools with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and AACSB business school accreditation, Saint Joseph's is home to 4,650 traditional undergraduate day students, 700 College of Professional and Liberal Studies adult undergraduates, and 3,600 graduate and doctoral students. Steeped in the 450-year Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, Saint Joseph's was named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for General Community Service. The University strives to be recognized as the preeminent Catholic comprehensive university in the Northeast.



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