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Today, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) stopped by the Highlands Center for Autism in Prestonsburg and the Roy F. Collier Community Center in Inez. At the Highlands Center for Autism, Rogers met with families whose children attend the school and saw the progress being made. While in Martin County, Rogers visited the Roy F. Collier Community Center to see the “Martin County on the Move" health outreach project by Morehead State University (MSU).

“I am encouraged by all that I have seen today,” said Rogers. “The Highlands Center for Autism is bringing hope to so many families who had nowhere left to turn. Their children are receiving an excellent education and have access to state-of-the-art medical resources and information. I also want to applaud MSU for their efforts in Martin County. The Collier Center now offers several programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, improve the well-being of our families, and will go a long way towards combating health problems that have plagued our region for far too long.”

The Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg recently established the Highlands Center for Autism. The Center operates as a year-round private day school and accepts students diagnosed with autism from first diagnosis through school age. 
MSU has established “Martin County on the Move” through the Roy F. Collier Community Center in order to work with community leaders, schools and businesses to draw attention to healthy lifestyle choices and combat the region’s high rate of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Community programs such as Operation Slimdown, Healthy Living Series, Fun Fitness Camp, and Community Walking Programs are being held at the Collier Center.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit