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 the annual Bluegrass Autism Walk. The walk this year will be on Sunday afternoon, September 27 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Stay tuned for more information on registering.

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8/29 Life after High School workshop

The ASBG is currently in discussion to sponsor a workshop featuring Darcy Elks presenting on “Life after High School workshop”. The date is Saturday, August 29. Stay tuned for more info.

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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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4/28 ASBG benefit at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth

Autism Society of the Bluegrass Benefit and “Sensory Friendly” Night
Tuesday, April 28th, 11:00am – 9:30pm

Please join us for a sensory friendly evening. Proceeds to benefit Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Puccini’s Smiling Teeth’s Newest Lexington Location
Brighton Place off Liberty Road
3090 Helmsdale Place
ASBG Puccini’s Benefit Flyer

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4/27 A Parent’s View into Kentucky’s Alternate Assessment

This ASBG meeting will provide an overview of Kentucky’s Alternate Assessment. It will highlight areas from federal requirements, to placement decisions. The session will also focus on areas of concern and get feedback from parents to highlight their biggest concerns and next steps.

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4/18 Autism Safety Event at Fire Station 20

The Lexington Fire Department will host an Autism Event on April 18, from 1-4pm at Fire Station 20 (3001 Arrowhead Drive). During this time LFD will have persons to demonstrate fire extinguisher use. Help plan escape route from homes and representatives to demonstrate to families different forms of location devices. While children are playing games with firefighters who are in gear LFD will be helping caregivers to enroll in smart 9-1-1 and fill out paperwork to keep with them saving valuable minutes in an emergency as well as inform of us of how best to approach their loved one.

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4/16 An Untapped Labor Pool: Recruiting and Retaining Workers with Disabilities

This free workshop will be April 16 at the Embassy Suites, Newtown Pike in Lexington, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Kentucky Career Center

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4/12 Silverback show at Natasha’s

Benefit show for the Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Featuring Lexington’s premier philanthropic Rock and Roll Enterprise:
Classic Rock from the 1960s

Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Date: Sunday, April 12
Place: Natasha’s Bistro & Bar
112 Esplanade, Downtown Lexington

$10/Person donation goes 100 percent to Autism Society of the Bluegrass. Donations will be appreciated at the door or online using PayPal. Kids younger than sixteen are welcome without a donation.

The Autism Society of the Bluegrass is a resource and support group for families and professionals in the Central Kentucky area who are involved with autism.
We are a chapter of the Autism Society of America and a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.


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