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 or join our information and discussion group at Facebook: https://www.facebook-com/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky


 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 to join conveniently online.

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