- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A University of Kentucky professor has received a $500,000 grant to study how communities can help autistic children transition to adulthood.

Professor Lisa Ruble told WYMT-TV in Hazard (http://bit.ly/1oBsxvD ) the three-year project will work with students with autism, their parents, school administrators, policy leaders and other community members.

Ruble says the idea is to give autistic children a chance to succeed as adults.

Highlands Health System spokeswoman Maxanna Bennett says such a study will be helpful to centers like hers in Prestonsburg which work with autistic children.

The Center for Disease Control estimates about one in 68 fall somewhere on the autism spectrum.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews

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