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As COVID-induced mental health issues emerge, this expert says ‘send your brain on a summer vacation’

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward It’s summer and that usually means lots of fun. But, the quarantine from COVID-19 has caused fear, anxiety, and loneliness. It can seem overwhelming as if there is no hope, but Dr. Annette Nunez says it is possible to achieve a positive summer mindset and improve our mental health. She suggests sending your brain on a summer vacation. Dr. Nunez, a licensed psychotherapist,...

Corporation for Public Broadcasting awards WKU Public Broadcasting $246,863 grant

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded a $246,863 grant to Western Kentucky University Public Broadcasting to develop and expand its workforce development training program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The grant, “Embracing Differences, Finding Strengths: A Public Broadcasting Model for Autism Inclusion,” is led by project directors Molly Swietek and...

Truck-a-Palooza offers up-close look at Lexington city trucks on Nov. 16; more than 20 trucks featured

The City of Lexington is hosting a free touch-a-tuck event on Nov. 16 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Truck-a-Palooza will feature more than 20 trucks from the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works plus crafts, games and giveaways. “Truck-a-Palooza offers the public a rare opportunity to examine the vehicles our seven divisions use daily,” said Environmental...

National nonprofit organization ‘Erin’s Hope for Friends’ to open new club location in Lexington

Erin’s Hope for Friends, a national nonprofit organization, announced at the annual fundraiser gala on Saturday that it will open the doors to two new e’s Club locations, one in Lexington and another in Savannah, Ga. Erin’s Hope for Friends was inspired by Erin Horst, a gentle and talented 17-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who experienced challenges, bullying and tragically passed...

WKU Public Broadcasting establishes innovative training program to serve individuals with ASD

Western Kentucky University Public Broadcasting is establishing an innovative training program to serve the growing number of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. In partnership with the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex, WKU Public Broadcasting is creating a student employment fellowship program to support the training and advancement of WKU students with ASD. As the rate of diagnosed...