Marshall alumnus, family make gift to College Program for Students with ASD


1426The Delahaye family has donated $20,000 to the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the West Virginia Autism Training Center.

Bradley Delahaye, a Marshall University and College Program alumnus, and his family contributed $20,000 to the program earlier this year. To date, the Delahaye family has donated over $35,000 to the program but this contribution was endowed to establish a fund known as the Delahaye Family Scholarship, according to Dr. Rebecca Hansen, coordinator of CPSASD. “The Delahaye family is invested in providing opportunities for college students with AS to receive the specialized supports they need to be successful at Marshall University,” she said.

Additional gifts to benefit the program can be made by visiting https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/mufoundation.

Although April was designated Autism Awareness Month,  the Autism Center is urging everyone to join them in continuing to observe autism awareness by appreciating and accepting individuals  with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) all year.

Staff at the Autism Center point out that Marshall is home to many college students who have ASD. Symptoms of ASD are highly individualized, but commonly affect social communication. Many individuals with ASD strongly desire to make social connections, but are challenged with understanding how to initiate and maintain relationships. The staff encourages everyone to take time out all year long to invest in learning more about ASD and the many ways in which people with ASD make significant contributions to society.

To learn more about the College Program and how it works to support college students with ASD, visit www.marshall.edu/collegeprogram.

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Photo: From left, Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc.; Rick Robinson, senior director of development; Marshall alumnus Bradley Delahaye; Dr. Rebecca Hansen, coordinator of the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and Jackie Clark, assistant coordinator of the college program.