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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1/26 Medications and Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Paul Glaser, M.D., Ph.D

Paul Glaser MD is a pediatrician who specializes in Behaviour Health and Autism Spectrum Disorder treatment. Dr. Glaser is licensed to practice in Kentucky. He practices medicine at Univ. of Kentucky in 3470 Blazer Pkwy, Lexington and at Univ. of Kentucky in 245 Fountain Ct Fl 3, Lexington. Dr Glaser has been at the forefront of research and service provision to the Autism spectrum affected community for many years and has built a reputation of excellence for the treatment of, and care for his patients. Dr Glaser’s knowledge and research in the use of medication in the treatment of Autism Spectrum disorder in children and adolescents will make this presentation a must attend for parents and caregivers.

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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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