Partnership Benefits Children with Autism

Columbus Technical College is partnering with a local autism support group (Muscogee County Autism Support Group [MCASG]), the Muscogee County School District, and the future Autism Hope Center in an initiative to train caregivers who work with autistic children. In a nutshell, the program will bring autistic and non-autistic children together at the child care center at Columbus Technical College. The children will play and interact with one another to provide opportunities for the autistic children to learn from and imitate the behavior of their non-autistic classmates. MCASG is also having a walk/run on October 6, 2007 to raise funds for the future Autism Hope Center. Columbus Technical College will have teams participating in that event.

Pictured (left to right): Dr. Caroline Gomez/Autism Hope Center Director, Bob Jones/Columbus Technical College President, and Lisa Jenkins/MCASG Co-Founder.

Photos from the walk/run kick-off event held at the College on August 24, 2007

August 24, 2007 – Dr. Caroline Gomez, Director of the Autism Hope Center, addresses the crowd at the Walk/Run Kick-Off Event. Seated at the head table are (left to right) Lisa Jenkins/Co-Founder of MCASG, Peggy West/Muscogee County School System’s Dir. of Exceptional Students, Brian Waters/Clear Channel Radio, and Reggie Richards/Event emcee.

August 24, 2007 – A crowd of supporters gathers in the courtyard of the West Wing building at Columbus Technical College for the Autism Walk/Run Kick-Off Event.