Highlands Center for Autism receives donation


Staff Report



PRESTONSBURG – For the past seven years, the Elkhorn City Beagle Club has held a charity event, the annual Hunt for a Cure for Autism.

Each year, all proceeds have gone to the Highlands Center for Autism. This year’s donation exceeded $1,800.

“We are incredibly grateful for this donation and the generosity of the Elkhorn City Beagle Club,” said Ashley Ratliff, Program Director.

The Highlands Center for Autism is the first center-based ABA program in the state of Kentucky. ABA, Applied Behavior Analysis, is the treatment of choice for children with autism. It uses behavioral techniques to teach children basic and complex skills, ranging from speaking for the first time to being able to go trick-or-treating.

“It’s the only treatment, really, that’s been shown to be effective by the research,” Ratliff added.

The Highlands Center for Autism currently treats a total of seven children. Each child is part of an intensive treatment program, each on average 30 hours a week.

Almost all the children receive financial assistance, making the donation even more significant.

The Highlands Foundation established the Changing Lives Funding Project in November 2009. The project raises funds to provide assistance to families in paying for treatment at the Highlands Center for Autism. In order to learn more about the fee assistance program, families must tour the center and obtain an application.

For more information regarding fundraising efforts or to make a contribution visit www.highlandsfoundation.org

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