12/1 Potluck meeting

Annual elections will be held at our December meeting and Potluck on Monday December 1. All members in good financial standing are eligible for election to the board. Please indicate your interest in being elected as a board member by emailing Hazel Forsythe at moc.liamgnull@fwlezah

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11/15 ASBG Fall Festival

The University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky Student Associations of Family and Consumer Sciences, Dietetics and Human Nutrition and Physical Therapy Class are putting on our Annual Fall Festival. Sponsored by Autism Society of the Bluegrass for persons with Disabilities.

Come for games, food, crafts, a photo booth, dancing, making friends.
Learn to play skittles, Corn Hole, throw a ball, make crafts, decorate gluten-free cookies.
Meet some great families
Show your art work, Enter a Karaoke contest, Win a talent show, and much more!!!
This festival gives persons with disabilities a time to have fun and make friends from across the Bluegrass! The building is accessible and there will be plenty of snacks and volunteers.

November 15, 2014 10am – 2pm
St Michael’s Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, KY 40503

All ages are Welcome
Just show up ready to have fun!!

Call UKAFCS, 859-257-4146 if you have questions.


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11/1 Giant Corn Maze at Kelley Farms

Due to the forecast low temperatures with chance of snow, we are canceling the ASBG visit to the Kelley’s Giant Corn Maze Saturday.

Join us for Fall fun! Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Giant Corn Maze at Kelley Farms, 6483 Old Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY 40515. It’s going to be an awesome time of corn mazes, hay rides, and farm activities for only $5 per ticket!! A group of Alpha Phi women from UK will be there and we are so looking forward to hanging out with you all! Please RSVP to moc.oohaynull@91strebor_ylimE

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10/27 A Panel Discussion on Bullying and Autism in the Public Schools

After recent discussions about bullying in the local and national press, and among the ASBG Yahoo group members, we decided to open a dialogue to begin to address this important issue as it affects those students on the Autism Spectrum. At this month’s meeting, a panel of parents and professionals will discuss the impact of bullying on students with ASD. Please join us for a discussion on how to develop a plan to meet the needs of our loved ones. Our panel participants will include:

Diann Shuffett – Fayette County Public Schools
Stacey Seal – private psychologist with Dr. Myrabeth Bundy’s office in Lexington
Tracey Boyd – parent

A report from Clemson about Bullying in U.S. Schools

Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America’s Schools

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9/29 Navigating DSM 5 Diagnoses and School Support Services For Your Child

This Presentation will address the following topics:

  • A Brief review of diagnostic criteria for common disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders)
  • Discuss how a child with a diagnosis may qualify for services within the school system
  • Pros and Cons of receiving an evaluation from a private professional versus an evaluation from the school system.

Debra Huss is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Kentucky. She currently works at MindPsi Psychological Services Center, a private practice in Lexington, KY. She provides diagnostic evaluations, individual and family therapy, and group therapy to address a wide range of behavioral and emotional disorders for children and adults.

Brandon Huss is a Certified School Psychologist for Jessamine County Schools. He has been a School Psychologist for twelve years, nine of which have been in Jessamine County. Brandon has experience in many areas of school psychology, including evaluating students with special needs, creating and implementing behavioral support plans, supporting teachers and staff who work with special needs students, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RtI). He currently works at Red Oak Elementary and East Jessamine Middle.

Navigating DSM-5 Diagnoses & School Support Services for Your Child

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9/14 Bluegrass Autism Walk

Our Bluegrass Autism Walk will be held on a Sunday this year – September 14 from 2pm to 5pm at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Click here for more information. We hope you will save the date on your calendar to attend this year’s Walk in support of Autism awareness and advocacy!

We are always looking for volunteers to help in a variety of capacities. Please email moc.liamg@yksnoitatcepxetaerg if you might be interested!

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8/25 PLAY Project

The PLAY Project was created by Dr.  Richard Solomon, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, to be an affordable early intervention program for young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It is a relationship based approach that focuses on equipping parents to effectively engage their child during daily routines. Kirsten M. Brown, OTR/L, is currently the only certified PLAY Project consultant in Kentucky. Kirsten has been using the research based PLAY Project strategies in her work with children within the Kentucky First Steps early intervention program since 2010. Kirsten will be sharing information about the PLAY Project and also videos of parents working with their children using PLAY Project strategies. A First Steps parent that Kirsten is currently working with will also be present to share her experiences.


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7/28 Children with Autism Parenting Program And Reducing Stress

Alexis D. Rodgers, M.S. UK School Psychology Doctoral Student

How is your stress level, especially now that the new school year upon us? A collaborative research team from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville is currently recruiting parents of children aged 3-12 on the autism spectrum. The study involves participation in an 8-week parent training and support program, with sessions which focus on understanding patterns of behavior, decreasing problem behaviors, reducing parent stress, and improving parent behavior management strategies. Families will also be reimbursed for their time and participation.

We will also have an open forum discussion on the new school year and the anxieties and concerns that go along with this “adventure”.

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Vahl wins gold at the National Games

See Vahl on his way to gold medals at the National Games representing Kentucky  in the backstroke and relay, and silver in the freestyle. He had many aunties and uncles supporting him. We may have been the largest family group there with relatives from NY and NJ, Suriname, Texas, Virginia, New Orleans, Guyana coming for the event. We turned it into a great family reunion. Vibh compiled this photo album


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7/23 Autism Society National Conference

The 45th Annual Autism Society National Conference & Exposition

July 23-26, 2014 in Indianapolis


The Autism Society’s Conference brings the unique opportunity to interact with others who possess an amazing ability to bring about change and improve the lives of all individuals living with ASD. We have created an extraordinary program with cutting edge topics, leading speakers and varied formats to make this convention as interactive and engaging as possible. The program includes over 80 break-out sessions spanning early childhood to adulthood, on hot topics such bullying prevention, technology, social skills, criminal justice, employment, and transition. This conference strives to provide you with practical strategies you can implement right away. There are many networking opportunities, this year we are offering SHARING SESSIONS where you can connect with others around common interests and goals. There is nothing more powerful than when this community comes together to support each other, celebrate, and share ideas, stories and hope. You’re sure to find something at this National Conference that meets your needs.

Dr. Grandin is inarguably the most renowned individual with autism in the world today. In addition to being a prominent author and speaker, Grandin has received numerous honors and awards, including being listed as a “hero” in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Come journey with us to the Midwest and explore a friendly, inviting and vibrant city that has it all. The $275 million expansion has made the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium one of the largest convention centers in America. This contemporary convention center is is easily accessed by all of our conference hotels, a four-story shopping mall, 200+ restaurants and clubs, well-known sports venues, and a 10-block state park featuring museums, beautiful green space and a canal walk. Register Today!

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