By WAYNE ALLEN
PDT Staff Writer
Michael Bell of South Shore, Ky., will assume the presidency of the Autism Project of Southern Ohio in January. Bell is succeeding Wendy Potts, who is stepping down after six years to focus on her family.
He said one of the first things he will do as president is begin informing the community about autism.
Bell said one of the challenges of the group will be to get more people involved.
“Increasing participation is gong to be key to the future success of this organization,” Bell said. “You can’t have four or five people trying to do it all themselves. It’s going to take the community coming together with us to bring awareness.”
Bell and his wife, Pamela, formed the Just 4 Fun Bowling League for children with disabilities. Bell is also a coach for the Challenger League.
Bell said many people within the community have offered their support as he begins his new role.
“People have come forward offering to help, that want to make a difference. If we can do this as a group then we can make a change in this community,” Bell said.
He said plans are underway for the annual autism walk in April. “We are still working out the details for the event but we are excited about this year’s walk,” Bell said.
He said an election will be held among the group’s membership to find a vice president and secretary.
For more information about the Autism Project of Southern Ohio, call Bell at 740-821-3995.