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The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s support program for students with autism spectrum disorder, the Neill-Wint Center for Neurodiversity, is the beneficiary of an educational investment from Enel Green Power, the largest wind power operator in Oklahoma. 

The $5,000 gift will help fund social coaches for students in the program. 

“We are so grateful that through the generosity of Enel Green Power, the Neill-Wint Center can grow and improve the services we provide to our students,” said Cathy Perri, special assistant to the president and director of the center. “Our first year has proven immensely popular both with participating students and with the wider community. Being able to offer this kind of service to young adults on the autism spectrum is yet another truly special thing about USAO.”

Launched in the fall of 2017, the Neill-Wint Center assists students with ASD adapt to college life and helps ensure postsecondary success. The program’s collaborative model promotes the development of self-advocacy and independent living skills to encourage both academic and social progress. Varying levels of academic, social and residential support are available to help students reach their goals. 

“Enel Green Power is proud to partner with USAO by supporting college students with autism spectrum disorder,” said Phillip Edwards, site supervisor at Drift Sand Wind Farm located just two miles north of Rush Springs. “USAO is making a positive impact by helping these students conquer many challenges they face on their path to graduation. This program supports academic success, allows students to strengthen their social skills and enhances their personal confidence. It is important to us to build strong community relationships and support educational programs that will have a tremendous impact on the students who will be our future.”

Enel Green Power, part of the renewable energies division of the Enel Group, is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America with projects operating and under development in 23 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. EGP operates around 100 plants powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy. In 2017, the company was the fastest growing renewable energy company in the U.S. and operates 10 wind farms across Oklahoma.

 For more information, contact Perri at 405-574-1293 or cperri@usao.edu.  

 

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