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
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!
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PLEASE JOIN ASBG!
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
· 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.
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!
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.