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Autism training to expand from Huntington to Athens, WV

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The West Virginia Autism Training Center is expanding its reach in the state.

WV ATC, located at Marshall University in Huntington, has partnered with Concord University to develop on-campus support in Athens, WV for students who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

The WV ATC and Marshall University developed the nation’s first support program for college students diagnosed with ASD In 2002.

Through its partnership with the WV ATC, Concord University joins a national movement to develop specialized, on-campus programs to support this student population in higher education.

“The center has supported hundreds of students in reaching their goals of graduation, and coached dozens of universities and colleges nationwide in their efforts to develop similar programs,” said Marc Ellison, executive director of WV ATC.

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Kendra Boggess, president of Concord University, said the university community is excited about the opportunities the newly established partnership brings to southern West Virginia students, their families and the members of the communities Concord serves.

“In recent years, we have worked with more students who self-identify as being on the autism spectrum and we want to be able to serve them ably,” Boggess added. “In this new partnership, Concord’s work with Marshall will help us to further develop the supportive environment, teaching skills, and understanding necessary to help students to become successful in their goals of a college education.”

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