Sherry Cooke will present an invitation to join and participate in the many athletic activities offered by the Special Olympics of Kentucky organization (SOKY). Sherry says she “would love to at least give everyone an idea of what Special Olympics offers, how it’s affected our kids’ lives and the information on how to get involved.” Sherry and other volunteers are trying to re-energize the Special Olympics participation here in Fayette County and have formed a new organization – SOKYFC. Many of them are parents with special-needs family members who do not or did not get involved in sports or Special Olympics until their late teens. As Sherry put it, “participating in sports has done wonders for our children and we all wish we had gotten them involved much earlier.” Sherry will share information with the ASBG on how to get involved in the many year-round activities offered by SOKY.

Supported Employment from Milt Tyree, followed by an open-topic discussion.
Milt Tyree will speak about employment options for individuals on the Autism continuum.
Milt does the required training on Supported Employment for people who work with individuals who provide through the Voc Rehab and/or the Michelle P and SCL waivers in Kentucky. This will be a preview of our all-day workshop coming in March on Saturday 03/03/12.
Afterward, we can all join in on the discussion of employment issues and add any other desired topics, such as school IEPs, testing, social activity opportunities, available vacation activities, the ASBG Walk, Milt’s March workshop, April Autism Awareness Month, and training opportunities. We will pay special attention to families with a new diagnosis or facing new issues in child rearing. We invite any new families and members to come and share in a warm welcome to our community!
Also, Scott County Autism Team (SCAT) is inviting the ASBG to join them at Monkey Joe’s in Lexington on Feb 18th at 8:15 am till however long they want to stay. The cost is $6.99 for kids, adults free. This opportunity will be offered monthly. The SCAT is also scheduling outings to sensory-friendly movies in Georgetown. For more information or to check for cancellations due to inclement weather, please call Tammy Mischler at 502-535-6676 (home) or 502-316-3957 (cell).

Lori Barrett Norton,
Project Coordinator, Community-Based Work Transition Program.
Lori Barrett Norton has worked with persons with significant disabilities for twenty years, including fifteen years in supported employment and three years with a school system. Her passion is learning with people about their gifts, strengths, and talents. She has experience in assisting persons to develop their own businesses, as well as supporting people in customized employment — developing and customizing jobs based on people’s interests and skills, and facilitating supports and follow-up.

Dr. Lisa Ruble will present an I.E.P. Clinic
Dr. Ruble will present research on the importance of the quality and content of Individualized Education Plans of students with autism. Information on ways to evaluate and improve your child’s IEP will be shared. Please bring your child’s IEP so that you can participate in an activity designed to evaluate how well your child’s IEP measures up and ways you can make improvements. Dr. Ruble is a licensed psychologist and a professor in the UK School Psychology Program.