Nov 11, 2022, WPSD TV, Paducah, KY: Easterseals West Kentucky to open autism center in 2023, named for longtime employee Lori Devine https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/easterseals-west-kentucky-to-open-autism-center-in-2023-named-for-longtime-employee-lori-devine/article_1fbdff74-61f9-11ed-be0a-af5800870d67.html
PADUCAH — Desperately needed is how directors at Easterseals West Kentucky describe a brand new autism center scheduled to open in the spring of 2023.
The new center will be under the Easterseals umbrella, which includes a center for adults and a center for children called The Lily Pad. The new center will join the other two in providing services for adults and children with special needs. The new facility will focus exclusively on children diagnosed with autism.
Donations during the 66th Annual Lions Club WPSD Local 6 Telethon of Stars will ensure these centers remain in operation.
Sarah Smith is vice president of autism services with Easterseals West Kentucky and works one on one with clients, where she focuses on what's called applied behavior analysis or ABA….
Smith will oversee the new facility when it opens and said it is definitely needed in the community.
"Extremely needed. It's sad to say, but right now there are no ABA centers in the state of Kentucky that I'm aware of that don't have a long wait list," Smith said….