Friday, August 10, 2007

Deborah Renshaw 'Racing' Autism Awareness At Toyota ARCA 150

Deborah Renshaw will be sporting autism decals on her vehicle when she races in Saturday's Toyota ARCA 150 at Nashville Superspeedway. Deborah has a very personal connection to autism - her two nephews, Danny and Rush Renshaw, are autistic.

“Friday night a great deal came together,” explained Renshaw. “Bob Schacht called and offered a deal I couldn't refuse to get back to the ARCA Series. I am driving his car for the Nashville race. It’s the No. 75 Ford and will be carrying The Kelly Autism Program decal on the hood to help raise awareness about Autism.”

This cause hits close to home for Renshaw, whose two nephews are affected by Autism. “Autism is affecting more and more of our population,” Renshaw explained. “My two nephews (Danny and Rush Renshaw) are autistic and I am proud to say that they are both a blessing to our family. To see how they both have progressed with early intervention is amazing. As they grow into adulthood, the challenge will be in how to create transition programs that support the needs for them, and how to be a part of the community as well. The Kelly Autism Program (KAP) is committing the people, resources, and infrastructures to develop the programs that will help my nephews and others affected by Autism meet their potential and I am so happy to help spread the word."

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. For more information on The Kelly Autism Program, please visit

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