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.
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.

Christmas Potluck Dinner and Discussions on “Holiday Coping Strategies and ASBG’s 2013 program“
This is the time when we can exchange strategies for coping with the holidays. How well are our families and kids prepared for the stresses of the up-coming holiday season? Also bring your ideas for programs and topics should be offered at meetings or workshops in 2013 that would be of benefit to our membership and community. Please, please bring your ideas and recommendations.
Bring a dish if you wish but bring your experiences and coping skills to share as the Holidays approach. (ASBG will supply all paper-goods, drinks and a main dish). Free childcare will be provided.

Wendy Wheeler Mullins and Alyssa King
It is important that our loved ones on the Autism Spectrum have their voices represented at the ballot box. The right to vote is universal and persons of voting age with ASD can participate in the process with guidance. Wendy Wheeler-Mullins has designed a series of visual communications to help persons with limited verbal skills make their own decisions about voting. Come join us as she explains how to keep your family member with autism engaged in elections. As an American, each of us has the right to make a decision on voting and to exercise that right at the ballot box. Members of the ASD community are often dismissed and or neglected at the ballot box. Come learn how to be heard.
Amelia Mullins is a 20-year-old young woman with autism, who votes. Her mother, Wendy Wheeler-Mullins, will share with the group strategies that help Amelia to be an informed voter and how to get the supports a person with a disability needs in order to vote at the polling place. We will also review information about voting for individuals with disabilities, including those who may have guardians.

September 24
Updates from Behavioral Health and Intellectually and Developmental Disabilities around Autism Spectrum Disorder services
Dr Stephen Hall, Commissioner
Stephen R. Hall, Ph.D., Commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, is a national leader in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities. Before coming to Kentucky, Dr. Hall served as director of the Georgia Office of Developmental Disabilities since 2005. During his tenure, Georgia made significant progress in funding services for individuals with developmental disabilities and in moving people from institutions into the community. As director, Dr. Hall also oversaw Georgia moving to first in the country in a ranking of individuals with developmental disabilities reporting they feel safe in their homes. Dr. Hall is a well-respected leader who has devoted his career to collaborating with and engaging partners to improve services for those with developmental disabilities,” said CHFS Secretary Janie Miller. Hall also has extensive experience in developing programs to promote individual and family self-direction and authority.

Fayette County’s Special Ed. Advisory Council and Special Needs Awareness Week
Alva Clark and Kim Grasso
Two of ASBG’s members, Kim Grasso and Alva Clark, serve on the Special Education Advisory Council on an ad hoc Education committee, whose roles include educating the community at large. One of the best ways they’ve found to accomplish this is a Special Needs Awareness Week. They would love to enlist a Special Needs Coordinator within each school’s PTA or PTSA. They will introduce this Awareness Week concept with a presentation to us and will be able to talk about the Council in general.

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) – Part 2
Brandon Griffith – CEO, Community Alternatives Kentucky
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) is a federally mandated Medicaid program for children. In Kentucky, it is divided into two components: EPSDT Screenings and EPSDT Special Services. Any Medicaid eligible child is eligible for EPSDT screenings. Additionally, any Medicaid eligible child may receive EPSDT Special Services as long as the services are medically necessary and not covered in another Medicaid program area. Children who are KCHIP III are not eligible for EPSDT Special Services or non- emergency transportation. EPSDT Special Services may only be provided to individuals under age 21. Brandon Griffith is the Executive Director of CAKY Lexington and will share insights and lead a discussion on the steps necessary to access services through the EPSDT waiver.

Understanding and using EPSDT to Access Services for Your Child
Latisha Jackson, The Children’s Law Center
The Children’s Law Center staff Latisha Jackson will present on EPSDT services and how to access them. This term comes from the federal Medicaid Act. The purpose of EPSDT is to ensure all Medicaid eligible children receive comprehensive and preventative health care to the maximum extent that Medicaid allows. The intent of EPSDT is the early identification and treatment of conditions that may impede the growth and development of children

Differences in Gender in High Functioning Adults with ASD
Updates in Screening Tool for Autism
Whitney Brooks, PHD Candidate Ohio State University