WV: Governor opens autism center expansion; 200 on waiting list

May 24, 2021, WCHS, Charleston, WV: Gov. Beshear cuts ribbon on expanded autism center in Eastern Kentucky

The need for autism services in Eastern Kentucky continues to grow, so with that in mind, the Appalachian Valley Autism Center in Pikeville is also growing. Gov. Andy Beshear was in Pikeville Monday afternoon as officials cut the ribbon on the expansion of the facility. … Currently, 36 autistic children are getting services at the AVA Center, with more than 200 on a waiting list…. Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said the AVA Center could soon get an addition to the facility. "I have requested a federal earmark for a community project funding request for more than $665,000 to construct and equip the AVA Center with a new state of the art sensory stimulation activity area," he said. "Every child is a child of God and deserves the very best care in the place they live. That's faith. That's a value. That's a moral," Gov. Beshear said. …