The Kelly Autism Program was founded when a family generously gave an initial funding gift to Western Kentucky University in November of 2002. Its foundation is based on three simple, but powerful goals: independence, productivity, and community involvement for adolescents and young adults diagnosed along the Autism Spectrum Disorders Continuum. Since the inception of the Kelly Autism Program, the number of participants has grown from one young adult to over 100 individuals, as well as their families. This number continues to grow each month.
KAP is designed to provide services to adolescents and young adults diagnosed along the Autism Spectrum Continuum, as well as their families, while serving as a training opportunity for future professionals in a variety of disciplines. KAP has programs for middle school, high school and post-secondary participants including higher education, vocational training, and job support.
To provide an educational, social and supportive environment so that adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder can achieve their potential as independent, productive and active community citizens. Our mission is to serve as one state and national model for comprehensive opportunities for adolescents and young adults.
Clinical Growth Opportunity
The Kelly Autism Program offers a unique opportunity for school-aged children and young adults diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Continuum to transition into adulthood. KAP also provides services for the participants' families and the university. The Kelly Autism Program's six charters provide opportunities to maximize an individual's potential academic, social and career choices. Students can move through elementary school, middle school, high school and post-secondary years while making the conceptual adjustment to a productive academic or work environment. Within the Clinical Education Complex, the Kelly Autism Program is unique regionally and nationally because of its focus on elementary, middle, high school and post-secondary individuals as well as their families.
KAP Phone #: (270) 745-8903 or (270) 745-4KAP
KAP E-mail: email@example.com
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