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

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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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3/30 Developmental/Behavioral Medicine “It’s Harder Than It Looks!”

Dr. Dan Larrow, MD, FAAP
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Board Certified
UK Healthcare/ Department of Pediatrics/Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics/Section of General Pediatrics
Assistant Clinical Professor University of Kentucky

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2/23 Key Assets Foundation “OPT IN” Opportunities to Participate, and Transform

Presented by Marilyn Barnett, Key Assets Foundation Program Director

Marilyn Barnett is the parent of a young man who has autism and the Program Director of Key Services, a vendor of supported employment services for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Marilyn co-authored a Vocational Rehabilitation federal grant which created a college course where individuals and their community have the opportunity to Participate and Transform long-held ideas and dismiss myths about who can achieve higher education as well as who can be successfully employed within the community.

Key Assets Foundation partnered with the Mt. Sterling Extension of the Maysville Community and Technical College to offer a career readiness course through which individuals attain an “OPT In” Certificate to recognize their “readiness” to be successfully employed. The “OPT In” concept includes engaging community leaders and employers so they recognize the value of OPT In when they see it listed on an applicant’s resume. This unique approach places individuals in a socially valued role (student) and creates opportunities to decrease distance between the individual with barriers to employment and those who hire employees.

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2/5 874K Rally in Frankfort


Educate Policymakers about the “874,000+ Returns on Investments”
Frankfort Convention Center (Doors open at 10:00 a.m. Program begins at 10:30 a.m. Forum: 11:45 a.m. –1:00 p.m.)
Advocate, Share Stories & Enjoy (Lunch Provided)

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