Our first-ever sensory-friendly screening, The Croods, went so well, we knew we wanted to make it a regular event, and have begun that process! Mark Saturday, June 1, 10a.m., on your calendars for Epic 2-D! Thanks in great part to the efforts of Zach Goble at UK and the autism-friendly atmosphere at Woodhill Cinemas, we have forged new relationships that are continuing. Join us again in June!

Paul Glaser M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics will present, “What is the proper role of medications in helping people with Autism Spectrum Disorders?”

11am – 3pm at the River of Life Church
1255 Hwy 555, Springfield, KY 40069

Free Games for Kids, Door Prizes & Raffles, Silent Auction, Autism Informational Booths, Concessions, Vendors, Autism Walk, and more. Free Admission.

April 14th to April 28th at St Michael’s Episcopal Church
2025 Bellefonte Dr.

Opening reception April 14th 2pm to 4pm
The public is invited
Open daily 10am to 2pm

Information on submissions:
Original art, artwork by those with Autism or on the spectrum.
Accepting visual art in 2D or 3D, photography, fiber art, music & poetry.
We prefer 2D art be ready to hang but we can work with the artist on presentation. Music should be submitted to CD or performed live at the reception with prior approval.

Donna Pottinger will present information on the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) and explain how it is being used to determine support for individuals receiving support through the various waivers that are available in KY (Michelle P and Supports for Community Living waiver). Donna Pottinger is one of 16 assessors who have been trained & certified by AAIDD to administer the assessment. In addition, she is one of 3 assessors who provide training on the SIS.

As recommended by the American Association on Intellectual & Development Disabilities (AAIDD) the SIS is “a standardized assessment designed to measure the pattern & intensity of supports an adult with intellectual disabilities requires to be successful in community settings.” AAIDD developed the assessment over a 5 year period from 1998 -2003 in response to changes in how society views individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Come early and meet Ms. Annie Beebe, OTR/L, who has recently opened her pediatric therapy service, Hop, Skip, & a Jump, in Georgetown. Ms Beebe will make a short presentation on the services she will be offering.

[important]Cancelled due to illness. This event may be rescheduled.[/important]

Bluegrass Adoption Support Network is proud to welcome Kathleen Morris to Lexington for a 1-day seminar on dealing with Sensory Issues.

Kathleen Morris was at BASN last year and spoke on spectrum disorders and sensory processing. She is back again this year with another one day conference. Our adoption group is sponsoring this program but we wanted to include those with Autism and related disorders as many of the issues are similar for these children.

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This meeting will feature representatives from UK’s new CASPER (Center for Autism Spectrum Evaluation, Service, and Research) group, followed by a report from Vicky Roark and Marie Allison on the highlights of the Autism Society of America 2012 national meeting.

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Three Areas of Intervention for Great Impact to Quality of Life
Presented by Amanda Ralston of Verbal Behavior Consulting, Inc.

Saturday, February 23
10:00am – 4:00pm
Tates Creek Christian Church
3150 Tates Creek Road, Lexington KY

Workshop will be in the basement, accessible from left rear side of church.

This workshop, appropriate for family members and caregivers of young children with autism, will provide an introduction to common behavioral interventions for eating, sleeping, and toileting skills.

Thanks to a generous group of volunteers from EKU, we will provide free childcare for the day! Please let us know when you register if you will need these services. We will put you in touch with the coordinator so you can discuss any special requirements your child will have.

Registration

Thanks to the money raised at our Bluegrass Autism Walk, we are able to offer this all day workshop for a nominal fee of $10, which includes lunch. Grants available. Call Elise at 859-223-0818 if you have questions.

Registration is full. Thanks for the great response.

We will hear from Dr. Benjamin Spears on the practice of chiropractic care in individuals with autism.

Dr. Spears graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 2008 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Biology and a Doctorate of Chiropractic. Prior to studying chiropractic, he attended the University of Kentucky where he completed a Bachelors of Sciences degree in Biology. Dr. Spears has kept up to date on many continuing educational classes, ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced chiropractic care.

Also on the Agenda

Our Walk planner, Alicia DeBoor-Collins,, will be stopping by to briefly update us on exciting changes for this year’s Awareness Walk, which include a new month and a new stimulating venue! Come hear all about it and add your thoughts, and make sure it is on your calendar for Saturday, October 19, 2013.

ASBG will be hosting Dr. Tom Shelton, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent.
6:30 PM at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

Please join us for a special meeting with Dr. Shelton, who has graciously agreed to join us again. He will report on special education programs and initiatives in our schools and answer any of our questions that he can. Dr. Shelton’s schedule is busy and we do not have many opportunities to meet with him as a group, so please try to make time to be with us if you can. ALL disability interests are welcome.

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