12/1 December Potluck

Bring a dish if you wish. ASBG will supply all paper-goods, drinks and a main dish. Free childcare will be provided.

Share any ideas for programs and topics that ASBG should offer at meetings or workshops in 2016. Also bring your experiences and coping skills to share as the holidays approach.

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10/26 The Use Of Acting To Build Communication Skills And Explore Creativity For Individuals With ASD

The Use Of Acting To Build Communication Skills And Explore Creativity For Individuals With ASD

Martha Meehan, M.S.  And Miles Meehan, B.A.

Martha Meehan, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University after graduating from the University of Kentucky.  She has been working for Bundy and Associates since 2008 and Horn and Associates since 2012. Martha is a licensed psychological associate.  She is an adjunct instructor at Eastern Kentucky University since 2008.   She also serves as lead therapist for the EKU Psychology Clinic Parent Consultation groups.  Martha creates unique therapeutic groups for children and adults with special developmental needs as well as acquired brain injuries.

Miles Meehan is a Lexington, KY native and the founder/owner of Stage Right Acting. Miles received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and has attended Asbury Theological Seminary completing courses toward his M.A. in Biblical Studies.  Miles has performed professionally in film, television and theater-* for 17 years. Some of his credits include: 3rd National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Lawn Dogs (Film), Breakfast with Arty (Film), Legally Blonde: The Musical (Emmett) and Spring Awakening (Moritz) with Kentucky Conservatory Theatre. Miles also produced and directed an original play, 15, and has directed several productions at Stage Right acting.

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9/28 Music Therapy

“Music Therapy – The Power of Music For Autistic  Expression.”

Dale Lewis, MT-BC, NMT-Music Therapist, Music Therapy of the Bluegrass, LLC.

Dale Lewis is a Board Certified Music Therapist, with an additional certification in neurologic Music Therapy.  He resides in Lexington, KY, and provides Music Therapy services through his private practice, Music Therapy of the Bluegrass, LLC, as well as part time services to Hospice of the Bluegrass.  Through his private practice, he contracts as a related service to Fayette Co. Public Schools for special needs children.  Additionally, he provides private contracted services for special needs children and adults.

He comes from a wide background of professional music/training which includes teaching music for 3 separate public school systems in Rhode Island, Ohio, and Kentucky. He received his B.S. in Music from Mid-America Christian College, Oklahoma City, OK (1985), and an equivalency degree in Music Therapy from the University of Louisville, (2006).

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9/27 our annual Bluegrass Autism Walk

And it will soon be that exciting time of the year when we get together to participate in our annual Bluegrass Autism Walk. The walk this year will be on Sunday afternoon, September 27 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Click here to register.

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9/1 Services for Individuals with Disabilities From Birth to Age 21

The Arc of Central Kentucky presents: Services for Individuals with Disabilities From Birth to Age 21

  • First Steps – Angie Casey
  • Hands (Lexington Health Department)-Moni Shields
  • Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services -Jeremy Thompson

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8/31 A Conversation about IEPs for students with ASD

A Conversation about IEPs for students with ASD: How to maximize its effectiveness and improve your child’s educational outcomes.”  

Lisa Ruble, PhD.

Dr. Lisa Ruble is a Professor in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. She is an educational researcher and Licensed Psychologist, who has provided social skills and behavioral interventions, school consultation and training, and parent training in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for more than 25 years. Dr. Ruble’s work in implementation research involves understanding how evidence- based practices can best be provided in schools and other community settings. In two randomized controlled trials funded by the NIH, Dr. Ruble tested and replicated the effectiveness of a parent-teacher consultation intervention called the Collaborative Model for Promoting Competence and Success (COMPASS; Ruble, Dalrymple, & McGrew, 2012). COMPASS is an effective practice for creating personalized and collaborative treatment plans that are guided by outcomes based monitoring and teacher coaching.  Students whose teachers received COMPASS made significant gains in IEP outcomes. She has also created tools for measuring educational quality and IEP outcomes. A new NIH funded study is underway that focuses on adapting COMPASS for transition age youth and improving transition outcomes.

Dr. Ruble would like for folks to bring their child’s IEP so that this information can be used in our discussion.

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8/29 Life after High School workshop

Life After High School:
Building Inclusive Futures Based On Talents, Gifts, and Capacity

Typically graduation from High School is one of the most exciting times of life. However, for many young men and women with intellectual disabilities it can be a time of great vulnerability to being put into an adult service world of day programs apart from typical peers and /or staying at home all day. Instead life “opening up” it may become smaller and insular.

Fortunately, this does not have to happen. Many young adults with disabilities and their families have a big and positive vision of an interesting life – with lots of exploration and opportunities to grow, meet new people, and go new places – including attending post-secondary education, internships, employment, community living, etc.
This workshop will:

  • Give participants an opportunity to think about typical pathways and experiences that are available to high school graduates within our culture
  • Offer ideas on how to develop a vision of a big and exciting young adult life
  • Share experiences that others have in pursuing a life of possibility after graduation
  • Discuss practical ways of making a vision a reality e.g., funding, recruitment of others to assist – paid and unpaid supporters, etc.

Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tates Creek Christian Church
3150 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington KY

Who should attend?

This workshop is appropriate for parents and other family members, caregivers, case managers, educators and individuals with disabilities themselves. We encourage you to register several “team members” since developing a vision is a collaborative process and brainstorming possibilities with others opens up many options and connections that any one person may not come up with on their own. While most appropriate when planning for teens and young adults, it is never too early or too late to plan!

Fee: $25 for first team member; $10 for each additional team member. Includes a light lunch.

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Team Size


To pay by check:
Email moc.bbthgisninull@snegarpss with name(s) of team members and contact info. Send check to ASBG, P.O Box 24212,
Lexington, KY 40524-2412

About our Presenter, Darcy Elks
Darcy is an educator, consultant, evaluator and advocate on behalf of people who are societally devalued. The focus of her work is to encourage attitudes and structures which promote social value and inclusion for persons with disabilities and others who have been devalued and excluded.

She is the mother of three children, one of whom has a disability, has graduated from high school, has attended university and is now working.

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7/27 Special Olympics of Kentucky Building Communities of Acceptance

Please join us as the ASBG presents

Special Olympics of Kentucky Building Communities of Acceptance

Justin Harville
Volunteer Services Director

Justin will take us into the history of Special Olympics and the vision of one woman who believed and proved that individuals with intellectual disabilities have abilities that far outweigh their disabilities. However , the focus of his presentation will be on the foundation of the program in sports training and competition and progress into the current programs that are leading our movement into the future. The focal point concern will be on the Project Unify and Unified Sports program that builds communities were individuals with and without intellectual disabilities compete and live as one! It is hoped that this presentation will bring to the audience as much information as possible about SOKY’s program and present the many positives that have been proven of individuals disabilities that are active participants.

Justin Harville is a native of Springboro, OH located just south of Dayton. Active from a very young age in sports. He had a passion for the game of soccer where he played through high school and was also a respected official in the Dayton and Midwest Region reaching the Pro farm before leaving to attend college. Justin went on to attend Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY where he played and took on the position of Head Reserve Women’s and Assistant Varsity coach. Justin graduated with a degree in Psychology and Communications and went on to work in the telecommunications field before landing his current position as the Volunteer Services Director for Special Olympics Kentucky. During his 4 years at SOKY he has overseen the Volunteer recruitment and screening, coach education program, athlete leadership program and recently is the database administrator for the state. Justin currently resides in Lexington, KY with his wife Elizabeth his two daughters Leah age 6, Lauren age 4, and two golden retrievers Heidi and Noah both age 3.

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6/29 Therapeutic Recreation, Employment, and Other Valued Social Roles

Please join us as the ASBG presents a Double Header

Lexington Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation programs

Anessa Snowden, CTRS

Manager of Therapeutic Recreation and Senior Adult Programs, LFUCG

Anessa has worked in community recreation for 14 years providing opportunities for individuals with special needs access to meaningful recreation and leisure programs.

She has worked in various settings from Adult Day Care, Psychiatric Hospital, Children’s/Rehab Hospital, and community recreation experiencing interaction with all ages from youth through senior adults. Anessa believes that everyone has a special gift and contribution that can be encouraged through the LFUCG Therapeutic program. She feels that these programs can assist in bringing out the best in participants while showcasing their many talents and opening their eyes to the endless possibilities of what they are capable of. The programs are designed to enhance the overall health and wellness of persons with disabilities


Employment and Other Valued Social Roles for Adolescents and Adults with Autism

Patti Parsons

Patti Parsons, longtime ASBG member, will be doing a brief presentation on employment and valued social roles. For the past year, Patti has been enrolled in classes leading to a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities, offered through the Human Development Institute at UK, with a focus on promoting valued social roles – including employment – for people with disabilities. She will share some of the things she has learned, including:

  • The benefits of employment
  • Employment as a valued social role
  • Transition practices to promote employment
  • Employment models, including customized employment

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5/1 Autism support group in Georgetown

A new autism support group in Georgetown will meet on Friday, 5/1 at 6:30pm in the Georgetown Community Hospital cafeteria. Please contact Tiffany Banks (moc.liamgnull@sknabnnaojynaffit) if you would like more information.

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