Wawa Supports SJU’s Kinney Center for Second Year

Coin Collection to support camp geared to social growth for kids with autism

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 11, 2012) — Now through March 7, coin collection boxes at registers in Wawa Food Stores across Pennsylvania will be gathering donations to benefit Saint Joseph’s University’s Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support. Funds from the collection specifically support Camp Kinney, a unique five-week summer experience that combines children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their neuro-typical peers.

“There are many centers and institutes where the specialization is on research and medicine,” said Michelle Rowe, Ph.D., executive director of the Kinney Center and professor of health services. “What’s missing is a safe place to turn to following a diagnosis; a place where the only agenda is to provide support and information.”

This is the second year Wawa has selected the Kinney Center for its coin collection program. Last year’s program brought in $156,234.

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.

The Kinney Center also offers Kids Night Out and after-school programs that aim to improve social skills; an academic minor for SJU students; a certificate program for professionals; a college-bound retreat for college-age students with ASD; and a sports program designed to engage children on the spectrum in team building.

For more information, visit kinneyautism.sju.edu or call 610-660-2170.

Media Contact

Kelly Welsh, Director of Communications/College of Arts and Sciences, University Communications, 610-660-1385, kwelsh@sju.edu

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