In Remembrance

Walter Ernest Page passed away on November 11th and requested that donations be directed to ASBG. He was a loving friend and father. He will be greatly missed!

Donations may be given through PayPal or mailed to:
ASBG Treasurer
P.O.  Box 24212
Lexington, Kentucky 40524





Autism and Anxiety Workshop 2018

Presented by the Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Join Eastern Kentucky University masters and doctoral students in psychology for a workshop to learn about the causes of anxiety and find strategies to address it in individuals with autism.

Saturday, October 27
9am-1pm
Tates Creek Christian Church
3150 Tates Creek Road, Lexington

Fee: $10
Questions or scholarship requests: 859-299-9000, moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras

Don’t Miss Out on Next Steps Workshop

ASBG Hang Out: Every Second Wednesday

Please join us for coffee and conversation. This is a great opportunity to make friends and discover resources in your community. All are welcome.

ASBG Meeting: September 24, 2018: Service Dogs for Autism 101

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

October 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!

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

 Anyone 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 the spectrum. 

·               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.

ASBG 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!

Send 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.

ASBG Meeting: August 27, 2018: Autism Friendly Community Initiative

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Monday, August 27, 2018 /6:30 -8:30 PM

at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

Autism Friendly Community Initiative

The incidence rate of ASD is now 1:59. Autism starts in childhood and doesn’t end when a person becomes an adult. As we work to improved community understanding of autism is critical to improving outcomes for children, youth and adults with ASD.

An Autism Friendly Community will promote safety, respect and acceptance of differences while providing meaningful, inclusive choices with respect to supports, services, friends, allies, and living circumstances.

3 programs that have made a difference –PACT, Smart 911, and Lexington Public Library Sensory Supports:

1. Police Autism Community Training (PACT) www.pactautism.com

1 in 5 individuals with Autism report being stopped or questioned by the police at least once by their mid-20s. Elopement attempts occurs in approximately 50% of this population. Abbey Love, Kirsten Scheil and Suzanne Williams have all been working hard to train First Responders about Autism.

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2. Smart 911

Debra Nantz- 911/PSAP Manager and Community Education Coordinator

The SMART 911 is a secure website where a family can place pictures and other information about their loved one that can become an added resource for the 911 operator to have in an emergency, or if the caller is unable to provide this information.

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3. Lexington Public Library Sensory Supports -Natalie Davis

Sensory Regulation tools for families that are available while you are at the library!!

More information to come! If you know of a business, agency, program or organization that you believe represents an Autism Friendly Community member, please let us know!

Save the date!!

Autism Society of the Bluegrass Monthly Meetings:

August 27-Autism Friendly Business

September 9th- ASBG WALK-Kroger Stadium!!!!

September24-The journey of one family to get a service animal for their child-Jo Grayson

October 13 -NEXT STEPS My child just received the Medical Diagnosis of Autism- What do I do next?

October 27-Autism and Anxiety- Dr. MyraBeth Bundy and students at EKU

October29-ASBG monthly meeting

November/December3-Annual Holiday Gathering

January 28, 2019-Medications and Autism –Dr.Kristin Dawson For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

ASBG 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!

Send 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.

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

Save the date

PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

ASBG Meeting: July 30, 2018: How to Save with STABLE Kentucky Accounts

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

              

Meeting on Monday, July 30, 2018/6:30 – 8:30 PM

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

How to save with STABLE Kentucky Accounts- Samara Heavrin-Director

STABLE Kentucky is an initiative that Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball put forward in December 2016. STABLE Kentucky is Kentucky’s ABLE plan that allows individuals with disabilities the ability to save and invest up to $15,000 per year without losing government benefits such as Medicaid or SSI.  Kentucky has partnered with the Ohio STABLE Account program to make this possible for Kentuckians at no cost.

Samara Heavrin, a Leitchfield, Kentucky native, is the Director of the STABLE Kentucky Initiative, and Unclaimed Property Division for Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball.  Samara graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2014 with a degree in Advertising and minor in Graphic Design. After graduation, Samara interned for U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) in his Washington, D.C. office.  In January of the following year, Samara joined U. S. Senator Rand Paul’s (KY) staff, also in Washington, D.C., as Staff Assistant.  She was quickly promoted to Executive Assistant and Scheduler to the Senator.  After nearly three years in D.C., Samara returned home to Kentucky to join Treasurer Allison Ball’s staff in Frankfort, serving in her current capacity as Director.

Save the date!! Autism Society of the Bluegrass Monthly Meetings:

August 27-Autism Friendly Business

September 9th ASBG WALK-Kroger Stadium!!!!

September24-The journey of one family to get a service animal for their child-Jo Grayson

October 13 -NEXT STEPS My child just received the Medical Diagnosis of Autism- What do I do next?

October 27-Autism and Anxiety- Dr. Myrabeth Bundy and students at EKU

October29-ASBG monthly meeting

November/December3-Annual Holiday Gathering

January 28, 2019-Medications and Autism –Dr. Kristin Dawson

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care, visit our website at www.asbg.orgor join our information and discussion group at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

  PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

ASBG 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!

Send your annual membership dues of $12 to The Treasurer, ASBG,  P.O.  Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.  Or visit www.asbg..org/about to join conveniently online.

ASBG Meeting: April 30, 2018: Navigating the Functional Assessment Process

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Monday, April 30, 2018 /6:30 -8:30 PM

at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

Navigating the Functional Assessment Process:

A Tool for ParentsMark Samudre and Megan Jones

This training is designed to help parents become more familiar with how a school identifies a treatment to challenging behaviors based on an understanding of its function. Trainers will provide information to parents on the functional assessment process and the professional requirements school staff have in ensuring appropriate interventions are selected. By becoming more familiar with the functional assessment process, parents will be able to meaningfully participate in future meetings with their child’s IEP team and/or a school’s behavioral support staff.  Megan Jones began her career as a special education teacher in Lexington, Kentucky, at an alternative middle and high school. She spent her last two years leading the special education department at the alternative school and has spoken at many conferences concerning the topic of teaching students with different modalities. She received a master’s in teacher leadership and is currently working on her PhD in learning and behavior disorders. Megan is also working on her board certification to become a behavior analyst. She is passionate about helping at-risk high school students transition successfully into adulthood and in facilitating positive behavior changes with students in alternative settings. Mark Samudre is currently working on his PhD in special education at the University of Kentucky. He is also working on receiving his board certification to become a behavior analyst. Prior to his time as a doctoral student, Mark was an elementary special education teacher in the Washington D.C. Metro area of students with emotional/behavioral disorders. As a teacher, Mark provided support to design and implement individualized behavior management systems for students who were more resistant to typical classroom management procedures. A principal goal of his is to effectively prepare teachers, parents, and caregivers on managing challenging behaviors that impede both social and academic outcomes.  

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook:https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky.  If you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

Send 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.

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings.. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

ASBG Meeting: March 26, 2018: Legislative Issues Specific to Autism in Kentucky

 

 

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

              

Meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 PM

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

Legislative Issues Specific to Autism in Kentucky

Bart Baldwin – Lobbyist/Consultant

1915C Medicaid Waivers Redesign (Michelle P, SCL, etc.)

Using a Managed Care Organization (MCO) to access therapies

Commercial Insurance – accessing services and HB 218

Bart has over two decades of experience in public policy, lobbying and executive level management in the health care and human services fields. He started Bart Baldwin Consulting in 2013.  He has a long history of advocating on behalf of children with Autism and their families dating back to 2009.  He was the primary lobbyist on the successful passage of HB 159 in the 2010 legislative session.  HB 159 created the Autism Insurance Mandate and set up the licensing board for Applied Behavior Analysts. He currently advocates on behalf ABA Advocates, Hopebridge and Autism Speaks Government Relations.

 

Save the date!!

March 31/1-3pm Easter egg event at Tate’s Creek Christian Church-call 859-537-2634for more info

 April 30, 2018 – FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) Mark Samudre and Megan Jones

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care, visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

 Anyone 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 the spectrum. 
  • 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 disability resource fairs.
  • We work on pertinent legislation in Frankfort.
  • We plan, and plan, and plan.

ASBG 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!

Send your annual membership dues of $12 to The Treasurer, ASBG,  P.O.  Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.  Or visit www.asbg..org/about to join conveniently online.

 

 

 

ASBG Meeting: February 26, 2018: Medicaid 101 and Medicaid Waiver Update

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

               Autism

Meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 PM

St.. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

 

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

 

Medicaid 101 and Medicaid Waiver update

 

Lori Gresham RN, Clinical Program Manager Senior for the Department of Medicaid Services

 

Lori Gresham is the Clinical Program Manager Sr. for the redesign of Kentucky’s 1915 (c) waivers.  She has experience in emergency medicine, pediatric care, and medical-surgical care.  Her experience in Medicaid includes extensive knowledge of all of the 1915 (c) waivers from waiver applications to regulations to the inner day-to-day processes.

 

Save the date!!

 

Autism Society of the Bluegrass Monthly Meetings:

 

March 26, 2018 –Legislative Issues Specific to Autism in Kentucky, Bart Baldwin, ABA Advocates

April 30, 2018 – FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) Mark Samudre and Megan Jones

 

ARC of KY Annual Conference: 2018

March 8 & 9-ARC of Kentucky conference– go to www.arcofky.org  to register for the annual conference (deadline: February 28).

 

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care, visit our website at www.asbg.org or join our information and discussion group at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASBG/. Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky

 

 

It’s that time of year.

 

PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

 

Anyone 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 the spectrum. 

·             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.

 

ASBG 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!

Send your annual membership dues of $12 to The Treasurer, ASBG,  P.O.  Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.  Or visit www.asbg.org/about to join conveniently online.

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