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!

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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

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