ASBG Hang Out: Every Second Wednesday

Please join us for coffee and conversation. This is a great opportunity to make friends and discover resources in your community. All are welcome.

ASBG Meeting: September 24, 2018: Service Dogs for Autism 101

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Monday, September 24, 2018 /6:30 -8:30 PM

at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

Service Dogs for Autism 101: From Application to Fundraising to Incorporating a Service Dog in School and At Home

Jo Grayson is a parent and an Autism Society of the Bluegrass board member. Jo has an 11-year-old son named Thatcher, with a level 3 Autism Diagnosis “requiring substantial support.” Thatcher also has a diagnosis of Celiac and Epilepsy. Jo is currently a Direct Support Provider at Path Forward of Kentucky and for her son through Participant Directed Services with the Michelle P. Waiver, but previously taught developmental English composition at EKU, substituted all grade levels at Fayette County Public Schools, and substituted elementary levels in Rowan County. Along with her time spent volunteering for ASBG, Jo also volunteers at her son’s school on a regular basis. Jo has spent a significant amount of time learning about Autism and effective treatments, such as therapies, ways to communicate such as PECS, augmentative communication devices, and American Sign Language. Through ASBG she found 4 Paws for Ability, which is a leading non-profit organization that trains service dogs to help those with Autism and other disorders. Her family raised $15,000 and spent two weeks training with her son’s service dog, Saul in Xenia, OH. Saul came home just before Christmas in 2017 and a few months later, joined Thatcher at school. Now Thatcher and Saul are inseparable and Saul keeps Thatcher safe on a daily basis.

Save the date!!

Autism Society of the Bluegrass Monthly Meetings:

September 9th- ASBG WALK-Kroger Stadium!!!!

September24-The journey of one family to get a service animal for their child-Jo Grayson

October 8-Self Advocates -Meaningful conversation with legislators’ event with Arc of KY, Arc of Central KY and ASBG

October 13 -NEXT STEPS My child just received the Medical Diagnosis of Autism- What do I do next? Location-Tates Creek Christian Church

October 27-Autism and Anxiety- Dr. Myra Beth Bundy and students at EKU –Location-Tates Creek Christian Church

October29-ASBG monthly meeting

November 9-Arc of Kentucky Bluegrass Airport event

November/December3-Annual Holiday Gathering

January 28, 2019-Medications and Autism –Dr.Kristin Dawson 

February 25, 2019-Autism and Neurology-Dr. Neal Toupin –UK Pediatric Neurology

March25, 2019-Understanding psychological tests and assessments or what do all those numbers mean on the psychological testing

April 29, 2019-Technology and Apps for Autism-

Reminder! If you know of a business, agency, program or organization that you believe represents an Autism Friendly Community member, please let us know!

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

 Anyone can participate in our meetings and listserv at any time, but we need involvement of members!  We all benefit when we have an active stake.  There are costs associated with all we do.  In addition to postage, copying, and other administrative costs:

·        We compensate speakers at our monthly meetings. 

·        We sponsor groups important to our population, such as the Best Buddies at UK and the ongoing Adults with Asperger’s/Autism Meet-up Group. 

·            We sponsor events with information important for our population, such as the           Arc of Kentucky annual conference

·         We offer regional workshops, covering such topics as difficult behaviors in toddlers and meaningful independent living for adults on the spectrum. 

·               We take some of our workshops on the road to areas outside our immediate region. 

·               We partner with Lexington Parks and Recreation to bring programming throughout the year to individuals with all sorts of disabilities.

·         We provide scholarships to paid members who attend other seminars and conferences in Kentucky and beyond.

·         We take autism information to disabilities fairs.

·         We work on pertinent legislation in Frankfort.

·         We plan, and plan, and plan.

ASBG is an all-volunteer non-profit chapter of the Autism Society of America.  You enjoy what ASBG offers from time to time and know it is a valuable organization for our region, so make it official.  Join us!

Send your annual membership dues of $12 to The Treasurer, ASBG, and P.O.  Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.  Or visit www.asbg..org/about to join conveniently online.

ASBG Meeting: August 27, 2018: Autism Friendly Community Initiative

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Monday, August 27, 2018 /6:30 -8:30 PM

at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

Autism Friendly Community Initiative

The incidence rate of ASD is now 1:59. Autism starts in childhood and doesn’t end when a person becomes an adult. As we work to improved community understanding of autism is critical to improving outcomes for children, youth and adults with ASD.

An Autism Friendly Community will promote safety, respect and acceptance of differences while providing meaningful, inclusive choices with respect to supports, services, friends, allies, and living circumstances.

3 programs that have made a difference –PACT, Smart 911, and Lexington Public Library Sensory Supports:

1. Police Autism Community Training (PACT) www.pactautism.com

1 in 5 individuals with Autism report being stopped or questioned by the police at least once by their mid-20s. Elopement attempts occurs in approximately 50% of this population. Abbey Love, Kirsten Scheil and Suzanne Williams have all been working hard to train First Responders about Autism.

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2. Smart 911

Debra Nantz- 911/PSAP Manager and Community Education Coordinator

The SMART 911 is a secure website where a family can place pictures and other information about their loved one that can become an added resource for the 911 operator to have in an emergency, or if the caller is unable to provide this information.

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3. Lexington Public Library Sensory Supports -Natalie Davis

Sensory Regulation tools for families that are available while you are at the library!!

More information to come! If you know of a business, agency, program or organization that you believe represents an Autism Friendly Community member, please let us know!

Save the date!!

Autism Society of the Bluegrass Monthly Meetings:

August 27-Autism Friendly Business

September 9th- ASBG WALK-Kroger Stadium!!!!

September24-The journey of one family to get a service animal for their child-Jo Grayson

October 13 -NEXT STEPS My child just received the Medical Diagnosis of Autism- What do I do next?

October 27-Autism and Anxiety- Dr. MyraBeth Bundy and students at EKU

October29-ASBG monthly meeting

November/December3-Annual Holiday Gathering

January 28, 2019-Medications and Autism –Dr.Kristin Dawson For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

ASBG is an all-volunteer non-profit chapter of the Autism Society of America. You enjoy what ASBG offers from time to time and know it is a valuable organization for our region, so make it official. Join us!

Send your annual membership dues of $12 to The Treasurer, ASBG, and P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Or visit www.asbg..org/about to join conveniently online.

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

Save the date

PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

ASBG Meeting: July 30, 2018: How to Save with STABLE Kentucky Accounts

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

              

Meeting on Monday, July 30, 2018/6:30 – 8:30 PM

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

How to save with STABLE Kentucky Accounts- Samara Heavrin-Director

STABLE Kentucky is an initiative that Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball put forward in December 2016. STABLE Kentucky is Kentucky’s ABLE plan that allows individuals with disabilities the ability to save and invest up to $15,000 per year without losing government benefits such as Medicaid or SSI.  Kentucky has partnered with the Ohio STABLE Account program to make this possible for Kentuckians at no cost.

Samara Heavrin, a Leitchfield, Kentucky native, is the Director of the STABLE Kentucky Initiative, and Unclaimed Property Division for Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball.  Samara graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2014 with a degree in Advertising and minor in Graphic Design. After graduation, Samara interned for U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) in his Washington, D.C. office.  In January of the following year, Samara joined U. S. Senator Rand Paul’s (KY) staff, also in Washington, D.C., as Staff Assistant.  She was quickly promoted to Executive Assistant and Scheduler to the Senator.  After nearly three years in D.C., Samara returned home to Kentucky to join Treasurer Allison Ball’s staff in Frankfort, serving in her current capacity as Director.

Save the date!! Autism Society of the Bluegrass Monthly Meetings:

August 27-Autism Friendly Business

September 9th ASBG WALK-Kroger Stadium!!!!

September24-The journey of one family to get a service animal for their child-Jo Grayson

October 13 -NEXT STEPS My child just received the Medical Diagnosis of Autism- What do I do next?

October 27-Autism and Anxiety- Dr. Myrabeth Bundy and students at EKU

October29-ASBG monthly meeting

November/December3-Annual Holiday Gathering

January 28, 2019-Medications and Autism –Dr. Kristin Dawson

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care, visit our website at www.asbg.orgor join our information and discussion group at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

  PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

ASBG is an all-volunteer non-profit chapter of the Autism Society of America.  You enjoy what ASBG offers from time to time and know it is a valuable organization for our region, so make it official.  Join us!

Send your annual membership dues of $12 to The Treasurer, ASBG,  P.O.  Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.  Or visit www.asbg..org/about to join conveniently online.

ASBG Meeting: April 30, 2018: Navigating the Functional Assessment Process

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Monday, April 30, 2018 /6:30 -8:30 PM

at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

Navigating the Functional Assessment Process:

A Tool for ParentsMark Samudre and Megan Jones

This training is designed to help parents become more familiar with how a school identifies a treatment to challenging behaviors based on an understanding of its function. Trainers will provide information to parents on the functional assessment process and the professional requirements school staff have in ensuring appropriate interventions are selected. By becoming more familiar with the functional assessment process, parents will be able to meaningfully participate in future meetings with their child’s IEP team and/or a school’s behavioral support staff.  Megan Jones began her career as a special education teacher in Lexington, Kentucky, at an alternative middle and high school. She spent her last two years leading the special education department at the alternative school and has spoken at many conferences concerning the topic of teaching students with different modalities. She received a master’s in teacher leadership and is currently working on her PhD in learning and behavior disorders. Megan is also working on her board certification to become a behavior analyst. She is passionate about helping at-risk high school students transition successfully into adulthood and in facilitating positive behavior changes with students in alternative settings. Mark Samudre is currently working on his PhD in special education at the University of Kentucky. He is also working on receiving his board certification to become a behavior analyst. Prior to his time as a doctoral student, Mark was an elementary special education teacher in the Washington D.C. Metro area of students with emotional/behavioral disorders. As a teacher, Mark provided support to design and implement individualized behavior management systems for students who were more resistant to typical classroom management procedures. A principal goal of his is to effectively prepare teachers, parents, and caregivers on managing challenging behaviors that impede both social and academic outcomes.  

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook:https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky.  If you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

Send your annual membership dues of $12 to The Treasurer, ASBG, and P.O.  Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.  Or visit www.asbg..org/about to join conveniently online.

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings.. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

ASBG Meeting: March 26, 2018: Legislative Issues Specific to Autism in Kentucky

 

 

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

              

Meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 PM

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

Legislative Issues Specific to Autism in Kentucky

Bart Baldwin – Lobbyist/Consultant

1915C Medicaid Waivers Redesign (Michelle P, SCL, etc.)

Using a Managed Care Organization (MCO) to access therapies

Commercial Insurance – accessing services and HB 218

Bart has over two decades of experience in public policy, lobbying and executive level management in the health care and human services fields. He started Bart Baldwin Consulting in 2013.  He has a long history of advocating on behalf of children with Autism and their families dating back to 2009.  He was the primary lobbyist on the successful passage of HB 159 in the 2010 legislative session.  HB 159 created the Autism Insurance Mandate and set up the licensing board for Applied Behavior Analysts. He currently advocates on behalf ABA Advocates, Hopebridge and Autism Speaks Government Relations.

 

Save the date!!

March 31/1-3pm Easter egg event at Tate’s Creek Christian Church-call 859-537-2634for more info

 April 30, 2018 – FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) Mark Samudre and Megan Jones

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care, visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

 Anyone can participate in our meetings and listserv at any time, but we need involvement of members!  We all benefit when we have an active stake.  There are costs associated with all we do.  In addition to postage, copying, and other administrative costs:

  • We compensate speakers at our monthly meetings. 
  • We sponsor groups important to our population, such as the Best Buddies at UK and the ongoing Adults with Asperger’s/Autism Meet-up Group. 
  •    We sponsor events with information important for our population, such as    the Arc of Kentucky annual conference
  • We offer regional workshops, covering such topics as difficult behaviors in toddlers and meaningful independent living for adults on the spectrum. 
  • We take some of our workshops on the road to areas outside our   immediate region. 
  • We partner with Lexington Parks and Recreation to bring programming throughout the year to individuals with all sorts of disabilities.
  • We provide scholarships to paid members who attend other seminars and conferences in Kentucky and beyond.
  • We take autism information to disability resource fairs.
  • We work on pertinent legislation in Frankfort.
  • We plan, and plan, and plan.

ASBG is an all-volunteer non-profit chapter of the Autism Society of America.  You enjoy what ASBG offers from time to time and know it is a valuable organization for our region, so make it official.  Join us!

Send your annual membership dues of $12 to The Treasurer, ASBG,  P.O.  Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.  Or visit www.asbg..org/about to join conveniently online.

 

 

 

ASBG Meeting: February 26, 2018: Medicaid 101 and Medicaid Waiver Update

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

               Autism

Meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 PM

St.. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

 

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

 

Medicaid 101 and Medicaid Waiver update

 

Lori Gresham RN, Clinical Program Manager Senior for the Department of Medicaid Services

 

Lori Gresham is the Clinical Program Manager Sr. for the redesign of Kentucky’s 1915 (c) waivers.  She has experience in emergency medicine, pediatric care, and medical-surgical care.  Her experience in Medicaid includes extensive knowledge of all of the 1915 (c) waivers from waiver applications to regulations to the inner day-to-day processes.

 

Save the date!!

 

Autism Society of the Bluegrass Monthly Meetings:

 

March 26, 2018 –Legislative Issues Specific to Autism in Kentucky, Bart Baldwin, ABA Advocates

April 30, 2018 – FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) Mark Samudre and Megan Jones

 

ARC of KY Annual Conference: 2018

March 8 & 9-ARC of Kentucky conference– go to www.arcofky.org  to register for the annual conference (deadline: February 28).

 

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care, visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

 

 

It’s that time of year.

 

PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

 

Anyone can participate in our meetings and listserv at any time, but we need involvement of members!  We all benefit when we have an active stake.  There are costs associated with all we do.  In addition to postage, copying, and other administrative costs:

·        We compensate speakers at our monthly meetings. 

·        We sponsor groups important to our population, such as the Best Buddies at UK and the ongoing Adults with Asperger’s/Autism Meet-up Group. 

  •    We sponsor events with information important for our population, such as the           Arc of Kentucky annual conference

·         We offer regional workshops, covering such topics as difficult behaviors in toddlers and meaningful independent living for adults on the spectrum. 

·             We take some of our workshops on the road to areas outside our immediate region. 

·             We partner with Lexington Parks and Recreation to bring programming throughout the year to individuals with all sorts of disabilities.

·         We provide scholarships to paid members who attend other seminars and conferences in Kentucky and beyond.

·         We take autism information to disabilities fairs.

·         We work on pertinent legislation in Frankfort.

·         We plan, and plan, and plan.

 

ASBG is an all-volunteer non-profit chapter of the Autism Society of America.  You enjoy what ASBG offers from time to time and know it is a valuable organization for our region, so make it official.  Join us!

Send your annual membership dues of $12 to The Treasurer, ASBG,  P.O.  Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.  Or visit www.asbg.org/about to join conveniently online.

Sensory Friendly Event and Spark ASD Study Opportunity

Check Out This Event!!!

ASBG Meeting: January 29, 2018: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District: What the Decision Means for FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) in Kentucky

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 PM

At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

 

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

 

Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District: What the Decision Means for FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) in Kentucky

 

Todd G Allen, J.D., B.S.

Deputy General Council

Kentucky Department of Education

 

Todd G. Allen serves as Deputy General Counsel for the Kentucky Department of Education. Todd joined the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Legal, Legislative & Communication Services in 2014. Prior to joining KDE, Todd worked for four years as an associate attorney in the Lexington office of Landrum & Shouse, LLP, where he practiced civil litigation, including defense of school districts, officials and staff. Todd earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2010, and a B.S.. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky in 2007.  He currently serves as the Program Chair for the National Council of State Education Attorneys, and previously served as the Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Education Law Section.  Todd is originally from Meade County and currently resides in Lexington.

Save the date

February 26 Meeting –  Medicaid 101 and  Medicaid Waiver update -Lori Gresham RN, Sr. Clinical Medicaid Program Manager

March 26 Meeting –Legislative Issues Specific to Autism in Kentucky, Bart Baldwin, ABA Advocates

April 30 Meeting –  FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) Mark Samudre and Megan Jones

Go to www.arcofky.org to register for the annual Arc of Kentucky conference March 8 & 9 (deadline: February 28).

 

 

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care, visit our website at [http://www.asbg..org]www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky.

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.

 

If you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

 

St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

 

ASBG Meeting: October 30, 2017: The Power of Peers – A Strategy for Schools

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Meeting on Monday, October 30th, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 PM

At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents

‟ The Power of Peers – A Strategy for Schools”

by

Patti A. Logsdon – Project Coordinator, Kentucky Peer Support Network

 

Research tells us that making friends can be especially hard for students with significant disabilities. Peer Support Arrangements and Peer Networks can help foster relationships IN THE SCHOOL SETTING by bringing students together. Peer Support Arrangements train students (usually a student with a significant disability along with one to three peers) to provide academic and social support to each other during ongoing learning activities. Beyond the classroom, a group of peers (usually three to six) form a Peer Network together with a student with a significant disability, to help foster social connections and friendships between classes, at lunch, in extracurricular activities, or beyond the school day. School staff facilitate these groups to ensure their success. Please invite folks from your child’s school to learn more about these evidence-based strategies!

 

Patti Logsdon is Project Coordinator for the Kentucky Peer Support Network Project, which aims to increase learning and inclusive activities between students with and without significant disabilities. The Kentucky Peer Support Network Project is an initiative of the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, with funding provided by the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities. As the mom of a young adult son with autism spectrum disorder, Patti is very passionate about meaningful inclusion for people with disabilities.

 

Save the date:

  • January –Todd Allen KDE Exceptional Children’s Division attorney – he will speak on the recent Supreme Court Case (Andrews Case) and how it will impact services/supports in KY
  • Please remember the ASBG does not meet in November and will have it’s December meeting/ potluck holiday dinner on December 4th.

 

 

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

 

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

ASBG Meeting August 28, 2017: Autism and Employment

Autism Society of the Bluegrass
Meeting on Monday, August 28th, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 PM
At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky
Please join us as the ASBG Presents:
‟ Autism and Employment”
A conversation with The Kentucky Secretary of Labor- Derrick Ramsey”
Derrick Ramsey was born and raised in Hastings, Florida. As a standout football player there, he receive a scholarship to the University of Kentucky where he enjoyed great success. In 1975, Ramsey would become the first African-American starting quarterback in the University of Kentucky’s history. After a successful nine-year NFL career including winning a 1981 Super Bowl ring, he would soon become a small business owner managing real estate and personal investment portfolios.
In 2004, Secretary Ramsey began his first stint in a state government role when he was appointed Deputy Secretary of Commerce in the Governor Ernie Fletcher Administration. Soon after leaving office, Ramsey began serving as the Director of Athletics at Coppin State University in Baltimore in 2008. In December of last year, newly-elected Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin called on Ramsey’s proven track record on leadership by asking him to once again serve the citizens of the Commonwealth, this time as Secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.
Save the date:
  ** Get Registered Now!!!!    –  The 2017 Bluegrass Autism Walk will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2:00 PM -5:00 PM, at Whittaker Bank Ball Park, 207  Legends Lane, Lexington, KY.  Mark your calendars and sign up for the walk at www.asbg.org
For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebookcom/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky
Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras. St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

Monday, July 31, 2017 Meeting: A Conversation about Autism and Genetics With Dr Stephen Amato

Meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 PM

At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

A Conversation about Autism and Genetics

With Dr Stephen Amato

Dr. Stephen Amato is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Genetics and Metabolism. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics, and Laboratory Cytogenetics. Dr. Stephen Amato has spent seven years of bench research in molecular genetics and cell biology and as a physician has been involved in clinical and biochemical genetics for many years. Prior to joining the faculty at UK, Dr. Amato was at St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center and the Barrow Neurological Institute and Phoenix Children’s Hospital providing consultation and care of biochemical disorders for the state of Arizona. Dr. Amato was the physician in charge of the newborn screening program for metabolic disorders. He has been involved with organizing genetics services on a state, regional and national level. Dr. Amato been a CAP (College of American Pathology) inspector for Cytogenetics for many years.

Save the date:

** Get Registered Now!!!! – The 2017 Bluegrass Autism Walk will be Sunday, September 10, 2:00 -5:00 pm, At Whittaker Bank Ball Park, Lexington, KY. Mark your calendars and sign up for the walk at www.asbg.org

** Special Opportunity !!! – The ASBG August meeting will feature Secretary of Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Derrick Ramsey. DO not miss this opportunity to have discussion on work opportunities for our loved ones.

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr. Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions. Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

ASBG Meeting June 26, 2017: “Becoming a Dog Person: One Family’s Journey to Getting an Autism Assistance Service Dog”

Meeting on Monday, April 26th, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 PM

At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

 Please join us as the ASBG Presents:  

Becoming a Dog Person: One Family’s Journey to Getting am Autism Assistance Service Dog.”

By: Jo Grayson

Jo Grayson is a parent and an Autism Society of the Bluegrass board member. Jo has a 9 year old son named Thatcher, with a level 3 Autism Diagnosis” requiring substantial support.” Thatcher also has a diagnosis of Celiac and Epilepsy.

Jo is currently an administrative assistant at Guarantee Pest Control, but previously taught developmental English composition at EKU, substituted all grade levels at Fayette County Public Schools, and substituted elementary levels in Rowan County. Jo has spent a significant amount of time learning about Autism and effective treatments, such as therapies, ways to communicate such as PECS, augmentative communication devices, and American Sign Language. Through ASBG she found 4 Paws for Ability, which is a leading non-profit organization that trains service dogs to help those with Autism and other disorders. Her family raised $15,000 and is now working to raise enough money to cover expenses for the two week training trip to Xenia, OH in November 2017

Save the date:

Please Remember, April is Autism Awareness Month            

**  The 2017 Bluegrass Autism Walk will be Sunday, September 10, 2-5pm.  Mark your calendars and sign up for the walk at www.asbg.org

**  The ASBG July meeting will feature is Dr. R. Stephen Amato, Medical Geneticist, University of Kentucky.

 

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

Monday, May 22, 2017: Block Grants and Medicaid Waivers

Monday, May 22, 2017
Block Grants and
Medicaid Waivers
 
The Autism Society of the Bluegrass is sponsoring an informational meeting on Kentucky Medicaid Waivers. Stella Beard and Katie Bentley will join us to provide general information on Block Grants, proposed changes to the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and information about the proposed AHCA (American Health Care Act), and what the changes could mean for Kentucky.  We will also discuss specifically what you can do as a Medicaid Waiver Participant to protect the services you receive.
 
Stella Beard is the mother of a young man who receives a Kentucky Medicaid Waiver. In addition, she is the Executive Director of The Arc of Kentucky.
 
Katie Bentley is the mother of two children with disabilities as well the Public Policy Coordinator for the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities.  She has been in the Capitol this session and is also a great resource for the changes occurring! Both ladies are advocates on a personal and professional level.

Supports for the Newly Diagnosed

***READ ABOUT RSVP BELOW***

Cardinal Hill needs your RSVPs! They’ve heard from a few people they didn’t realize they needed to reply, but they really need to nail down numbers as they are planning some food. Please click the attachment for details and call 859-367-7127 to RSVP!

Thanks,

Sara Spragens, ASBG President

Autism Society of the Bluegrass and HealthSouth Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital present:

Autism Spectrum Disorders: What to Expect, What to Do? With Sara Spragens and Patti Logsdon
Basic facts about autism, issues in education and assumptions about the intellectual potential that exists in children on the spectrum. Learn about the obstacles in which parents, siblings, and teachers face, common interventions, and resources for families. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital Center of Learning 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 6:00-7:00 Presentation 7:00-8:00 Q & A and tour HealthSouth Cardinal Hill Pediatric Therapy Department Light Refreshments will be served RSVP: 859-367-7127

ASBG Meeting April 24, 2017

Meeting on Monday, April 24th, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 PM
At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

“Retirement, Social Security and Medicaid, One Mother’s Journey” with Arlene Jacina
Arlene Jacina is a school teacher and has worked with children in the Fayette County School System for over two decades. Her son Robbie has autism so she has been an advocate for him for twenty-something years. Arlene has practical experience securing medical, educational, and Michelle P waiver services for Robbie. Last year due to special circumstances, Robbie became eligible for social security. This began another level of advocacy. Arlene will share this difficult journey with families attending this Autism Awareness month’s meeting. Families will want to hear how parental retirement, Medicaid, and Social Security impact waiver services. Join us for a truly informative case discussion.

Save the date:

Please Remember, April is Autism Awareness Month
** ASBG presentation at Cardinal Hill for caregivers of newly diagnosed children this Wednesday, the 26th, at 6pm, followed by a Q & A and tour of the pediatric therapy department. RSVP: 859-367-7127.
** May 6: Femme Fatales WMC, ACHA Chapter, Ride for Autism. The ride starts at 10:00 AM at Lexington
Indian and ends at Proud Mary Honky Tonk. – Contact moc.kooltuonull@cmwffahcam.
** No ASBG meeting in May
** The 2017 Bluegrass Autism Walk will be Sunday, September 10, 2-5pm. Mark your calendars!

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

 

Don’t Miss Our Annual Workshop on April 22, 2017

Autism Society of the Bluegrass Presents Our Annual Workshop

After School Special: Independence for Adolescents and Adults with Autism

April 2017 workshop flyer

Tates Creek Christian Church
April 22, 2017
Registration: 8:30
Workshop: 9:00AM-3:00PM

Speakers and Topics Include

Eric Zimmerman – Living with Autism
Dr. Caitlin Allen – Mental Health and Anxiety
Karen Perch – Legal protections: Trusts and Able Accounts
Marilyn Barnett – Preparation for Employment
Amanda Ralston – ABA Tools for Functional Skills

Registration $25 per person, $10 for additional team members. Lunch provided. Scholarships are available. Contact moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras for more info or scholarship requests.

Eric Zimmerman

Eric D. Zimmerman is Founder and Chairman of The Buddy Project, and understands technology’s ability to unlock some of the everyday barriers faced by the special-needs community: The 29-year-old has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism which hinders social interaction. Eric grew to recognize that, unlike him, many persons with disabilities may have little access to commonplace household technologies as their own email account. He decided to take action. Certified in computer repair and rehabilitation, his technological savvy and drive to help others have been brightening lives. Since 2007, his not-for-profit organization has provided free computers and other technologies to qualified IDD candidates. Used donated computers are the starting point for The Buddy Project’s initiative. Every device is completely refurbished and custom-tailored to meet the specific needs of its intended recipient. Eric also has a special interest in Surgical IT and he volunteers one day a week at St. Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore where he learns about Surgical Equipment and Instruments as well as help the hospital work more efficiently. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Service Coordination, Inc., the largest provider in Maryland of targeted case management for people with disabilities.

Dr. Caitlin Allen

Dr. Caitlin Allen is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with individuals who have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum and their families since the early 1990s. Dr Allen attended graduate school at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego where her dissertation research was on stress and coping in parents of children with ASD. Dr. Allen’s training included multiple post-doctoral fellowships including the University of California MIND Institute and University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities. She has been a clinical associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Education and is currently an associate professor in the university’s College of Medicine. She lives in Lexington, KY, with her husband, dean of the UK College of Pharmacy Dr. Kip Guy, 2 children and 2 standard poodles.

Karen Perch

Karen Perch is an estate planning attorney whose practice has a focus on assisting people with disabilities and their families create the legal documents necessary to protect and safeguard those they love. Karen is also very knowledgeable in legal guardianship and Social Security issues. As the oldest of ten children, she has also been an advocate for her youngest sister who has an intellectual disability who currently lives in Massachusetts. Karen is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and a founding member of The Arc of Central Kentucky.

Marilyn Barnett

Marilyn and her husband Lonnie live in Clay City, KY with their son Patrick who received a diagnosis of Autism in 1997. Marilyn served as a member of the Powell County Higher Education Development Board for three years and has been a member/officer of the Powell County Parents’ and Professionals’ Autism Support Group (now PUSH) for twenty years. In 2016, Marilyn became certified to provide Family Peer Support Services. Currently, Marilyn is the Program Director for Key Assets Foundation (Lex., KY) where she administers an Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) establishment grant titled Opportunities to Participate & Transform or “OPT In. The OPT In concept focuses on advocating for individuals (ages 14 to 24) with all types of abilities to receive pre-employment skills training to help prepare them and their families for the world of employment.

Amanda Ralston, BCaBA, LABA

In the past sixteen years, Ms. Ralston has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities, as well as providing education to parents and professionals interested in Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior methodologies in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Amanda is the founder and President of Verbal Behavior Consulting, Inc., which provides early intervention, focused and comprehensive treatment, Behavior Supports Services via the Michelle P. Waiver in Kentucky, consultation, functional assessments, behavioral language assessments, IEP review and developments, and program development and supervision to multiple school districts throughout the state in addition to working in the homes of families of children with autism.

April Is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and with that comes plenty of events related to Autism education and helping those with Autism. Along with our annual Workshop on April 22nd, we have plenty of other Autism related events to share with you. See below for details:

We will have plenty of speakers for the Workshop on April 22nd. Details are forthcoming. Stay tuned.

On April 8th, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Kentucky Protection and Advocacy is hosting a Discussion on the Future of Medicaid in Frankfort at 5 Mill Creek Park. You must RSVP by contacting vog.yknull@enotS.anriM or calling 1-800-372-2988. You can find additional information on this event by going to the Facebook event page, linked below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1611161425641611/

A Social Group for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder will begin on Tuesday, April 11th. See the flyer below for details:

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED!!!

One of our own, Mel Tyner-Wilson is hosting a Pink Zebra party to benefit Autism Society of the Bluegrass on April 9th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. If you would like to RSVP, please see the flyer below for details and RSVP no later than March 31st at 8:00 p.m.

This event has been POSTPONED until May 6th! Sorry for the inconvenience!

Femme Fatales WMC is hosting a Bike Ride to benefit Autism Society of the Bluegrass on April 22nd. *Please note that this is the same day as our Annual Autism Workshop, so please plan accordingly.

Dianne Johnson has been working very hard to put together a Sensory Fit event at Body Fit Punch for our children with Autism who also have sensory issues. The first meeting is on April 22, 2017 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The Lexington Fire Department will host it’s annual Autism Safety Day on April 29th, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Fire Station 20 at 3001 Arrowhead Road off of Harrodsburg Road. This is the same location as last year.

There will also be other events during the month of April that will be posted soon, so keep an eye on the website for additional events.

Meeting on Monday March 27th, 2017 “A Visit with Katie Bentley”

Public Policy Coordinator for the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

Katie is the mother of two children with developmental disabilities.  Katie’s work in policy began many years ago when she traveled to Washington DC to advocate for children receiving SSI.  Her work improved children’s services and opened the door for children’s advocacy nationally for the first time in nearly twenty years.  Shortly after, Katie published her story as a mother of a child with disability in The Shriver Report, by Maria Shiver.  In Kentucky, Katie and her son worked with advocacy leaders to influence the passage of the Restraint and Seclusion Regulation in KY schools.  Katie’s current work at the council includes educating legislators about how laws will impact persons with disabilities and their families and building stronger relationships with legislators and communities.

Save the date:

Please Remember, April is Autism Awareness Month

**    April 11th – May 11th, – “Social Group for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder” at St. Michael’s   Episcopal Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington. 6:30PM – 8:00 PM

**    April 22nd,   Autism workshop “After School Special; Independence for Adolescence and Adults with Autism” 9:00AM – 3:00 PM at Tates Creek Christian Church, 3150 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, KY.

**    April 8th,   A discussion on “The future of Medicaid and the impact on the future of services and support for Kentuckians and their families.”  At The Kentucky Protection & Advocacy Office (P&A 5 Mill Creek Park, Frankfort, KY, 9:30AM

**     April 22nd Femme Fatales WMC, ACHA Chapter, Ride for Autism, The ride starts at 10:00 AM at Lexington Indian and ends at Proud Mary Honky Tonk. – Contact moc.kooltuonull@cmwffahcam

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

Police Meet & Greet at Village Branch Library This Saturday 3/4/17

“A University of Kentucky student is teaming with local police to provide education about interacting with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).”

The next Meet & Greet is scheduled for this Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Village Branch of the Lexington Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This will be held in the conference room at the back of the library. Ask library staff for directions upon entry.

Below is a link to the story with another upcoming Meet & Greet date as well:

https://education.uky.edu/blog/2017/02/01/uk-student-develops-program-to-allay-police-fears-in-autism-community/

 

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