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PAINTSVILLE – In continuation of Autism Awareness month, the Highlands Foundation held their 2nd Annual Cast a Line for Autism fishing tournament at Paintsville Lake, raising almost $7,800. All proceeds from the tournament go directly to the Highlands Center for Autism, and will be used to help children with autism spectrum disorder receive treatment that will significantly change their lives.

“The Cast a Line fishing tournament is a great sporting event and the funds raised support a great cause — the Highlands Center for Autism, which provides intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism,” said Kathy Rubado, executive director of the Highlands Foundation. “We sincerely appreciate all the fishermen who participated in this year’s event.”

Highlands would like to congratulate the winners and thank them for their participation in the tournament. Winners are as follows:

• First place awarded to T.J. McDonald and Bart Vaughn

• Second place awarded to Taylor Stumbo and Loren Stumbo

• Big Fish awarded to Rick Freeman

Highlands Foundation and Highlands Center for Autism appreciate all of those who joined and supported the tournament, and want to offer a special thanks to Jim Skidmore of Eastern Kentucky Fishers of Men, a Christian fishing organization, for his help in coordinating the event and providing the digital weigh in system.

Highlands Center for Autism is the only center-based program in Kentucky exclusively using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in a clinical setting. ABA is a science that uses behavioral techniques to teach children basic and complex skills. It works by reinforcing appropriate behavior while decreasing or eliminating challenging behavior. A pioneer in autism treatment for the state of KY, Dr. Shelli Deskins, Program Director of the Highlands Center for Autism, has led the charge in eastern Kentucky by serving children diagnosed with autism and their families.

For more information about the Highlands Foundation, visit highlandsfoundation.com, or for more on Highlands Center for Autism, visit highlandsautism.org

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