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ASBG Meeting: January 29, 2018: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District: What the Decision Means for FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) in Kentucky

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 PM

At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

 

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

 

Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District: What the Decision Means for FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) in Kentucky

 

Todd G Allen, J.D., B.S.

Deputy General Council

Kentucky Department of Education

 

Todd G. Allen serves as Deputy General Counsel for the Kentucky Department of Education. Todd joined the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Legal, Legislative & Communication Services in 2014. Prior to joining KDE, Todd worked for four years as an associate attorney in the Lexington office of Landrum & Shouse, LLP, where he practiced civil litigation, including defense of school districts, officials and staff. Todd earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2010, and a B.S.. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky in 2007.  He currently serves as the Program Chair for the National Council of State Education Attorneys, and previously served as the Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Education Law Section.  Todd is originally from Meade County and currently resides in Lexington.

Save the date

February 26 Meeting –  Medicaid 101 and  Medicaid Waiver update -Lori Gresham RN, Sr. Clinical Medicaid Program Manager

March 26 Meeting –Legislative Issues Specific to Autism in Kentucky, Bart Baldwin, ABA Advocates

April 30 Meeting –  FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) Mark Samudre and Megan Jones

Go to www.arcofky.org to register for the annual Arc of Kentucky conference March 8 & 9 (deadline: February 28).

 

 

For a continuous update on what is happening in the world of autism care, visit our website at [http://www.asbg..org]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.

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.

 

If you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

 

St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

 

ASBG Meeting: October 30, 2017: The Power of Peers – A Strategy for Schools

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

Meeting on Monday, October 30th, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 PM

At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents

‟ The Power of Peers – A Strategy for Schools”

by

Patti A. Logsdon – Project Coordinator, Kentucky Peer Support Network

 

Research tells us that making friends can be especially hard for students with significant disabilities. Peer Support Arrangements and Peer Networks can help foster relationships IN THE SCHOOL SETTING by bringing students together. Peer Support Arrangements train students (usually a student with a significant disability along with one to three peers) to provide academic and social support to each other during ongoing learning activities. Beyond the classroom, a group of peers (usually three to six) form a Peer Network together with a student with a significant disability, to help foster social connections and friendships between classes, at lunch, in extracurricular activities, or beyond the school day. School staff facilitate these groups to ensure their success. Please invite folks from your child’s school to learn more about these evidence-based strategies!

 

Patti Logsdon is Project Coordinator for the Kentucky Peer Support Network Project, which aims to increase learning and inclusive activities between students with and without significant disabilities. The Kentucky Peer Support Network Project is an initiative of the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, with funding provided by the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities. As the mom of a young adult son with autism spectrum disorder, Patti is very passionate about meaningful inclusion for people with disabilities.

 

Save the date:

  • January –Todd Allen KDE Exceptional Children’s Division attorney – he will speak on the recent Supreme Court Case (Andrews Case) and how it will impact services/supports in KY
  • Please remember the ASBG does not meet in November and will have it’s December meeting/ potluck holiday dinner on December 4th.

 

 

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

 

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

ASBG Meeting August 28, 2017: Autism and Employment

Autism Society of the Bluegrass
Meeting on Monday, August 28th, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 PM
At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky
Please join us as the ASBG Presents:
‟ Autism and Employment”
A conversation with The Kentucky Secretary of Labor- Derrick Ramsey”
Derrick Ramsey was born and raised in Hastings, Florida. As a standout football player there, he receive a scholarship to the University of Kentucky where he enjoyed great success. In 1975, Ramsey would become the first African-American starting quarterback in the University of Kentucky’s history. After a successful nine-year NFL career including winning a 1981 Super Bowl ring, he would soon become a small business owner managing real estate and personal investment portfolios.
In 2004, Secretary Ramsey began his first stint in a state government role when he was appointed Deputy Secretary of Commerce in the Governor Ernie Fletcher Administration. Soon after leaving office, Ramsey began serving as the Director of Athletics at Coppin State University in Baltimore in 2008. In December of last year, newly-elected Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin called on Ramsey’s proven track record on leadership by asking him to once again serve the citizens of the Commonwealth, this time as Secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.
Save the date:
  ** Get Registered Now!!!!    –  The 2017 Bluegrass Autism Walk will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2:00 PM -5:00 PM, at Whittaker Bank Ball Park, 207  Legends Lane, Lexington, KY.  Mark your calendars and sign up for the walk at www.asbg.org
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.facebookcom/Autism-Society-of-the-Bluegrass and YouTube channel-ASBG Kentucky
Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras. St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

Monday, July 31, 2017 Meeting: A Conversation about Autism and Genetics With Dr Stephen Amato

Meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 PM

At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

A Conversation about Autism and Genetics

With Dr Stephen Amato

Dr. Stephen Amato is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Genetics and Metabolism. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics, and Laboratory Cytogenetics. Dr. Stephen Amato has spent seven years of bench research in molecular genetics and cell biology and as a physician has been involved in clinical and biochemical genetics for many years. Prior to joining the faculty at UK, Dr. Amato was at St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center and the Barrow Neurological Institute and Phoenix Children’s Hospital providing consultation and care of biochemical disorders for the state of Arizona. Dr. Amato was the physician in charge of the newborn screening program for metabolic disorders. He has been involved with organizing genetics services on a state, regional and national level. Dr. Amato been a CAP (College of American Pathology) inspector for Cytogenetics for many years.

Save the date:

** Get Registered Now!!!! – The 2017 Bluegrass Autism Walk will be Sunday, September 10, 2:00 -5:00 pm, At Whittaker Bank Ball Park, Lexington, KY. Mark your calendars and sign up for the walk at www.asbg.org

** Special Opportunity !!! – The ASBG August meeting will feature Secretary of Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Derrick Ramsey. DO not miss this opportunity to have discussion on work opportunities for our loved ones.

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

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr. Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions. Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

ASBG Meeting June 26, 2017: “Becoming a Dog Person: One Family’s Journey to Getting an Autism Assistance Service Dog”

Meeting on Monday, April 26th, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 PM

At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

 Please join us as the ASBG Presents:  

Becoming a Dog Person: One Family’s Journey to Getting am Autism Assistance Service Dog.”

By: Jo Grayson

Jo Grayson is a parent and an Autism Society of the Bluegrass board member. Jo has a 9 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 an administrative assistant at Guarantee Pest Control, but previously taught developmental English composition at EKU, substituted all grade levels at Fayette County Public Schools, and substituted elementary levels in Rowan County. 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 is now working to raise enough money to cover expenses for the two week training trip to Xenia, OH in November 2017

Save the date:

Please Remember, April is Autism Awareness Month            

**  The 2017 Bluegrass Autism Walk will be Sunday, September 10, 2-5pm.  Mark your calendars and sign up for the walk at www.asbg.org

**  The ASBG July meeting will feature is Dr. R. Stephen Amato, Medical Geneticist, University of Kentucky.

 

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

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

St Michael’s Episcopal Church is on Bellefonte Dr., off Zandale Dr., between Nicholasville Rd. and Lansdowne Dr.  Feel free to call 859-299-9000 for directions.  Free childcare will be provided at all meetings. Meetings are the last Monday of the month (except May and November) at 6:30pm.

Monday, May 22, 2017: Block Grants and Medicaid Waivers

Monday, May 22, 2017
Block Grants and
Medicaid Waivers
 
The Autism Society of the Bluegrass is sponsoring an informational meeting on Kentucky Medicaid Waivers. Stella Beard and Katie Bentley will join us to provide general information on Block Grants, proposed changes to the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and information about the proposed AHCA (American Health Care Act), and what the changes could mean for Kentucky.  We will also discuss specifically what you can do as a Medicaid Waiver Participant to protect the services you receive.
 
Stella Beard is the mother of a young man who receives a Kentucky Medicaid Waiver. In addition, she is the Executive Director of The Arc of Kentucky.
 
Katie Bentley is the mother of two children with disabilities as well the Public Policy Coordinator for the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities.  She has been in the Capitol this session and is also a great resource for the changes occurring! Both ladies are advocates on a personal and professional level.

Supports for the Newly Diagnosed

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Cardinal Hill needs your RSVPs! They’ve heard from a few people they didn’t realize they needed to reply, but they really need to nail down numbers as they are planning some food. Please click the attachment for details and call 859-367-7127 to RSVP!

Thanks,

Sara Spragens, ASBG President

Autism Society of the Bluegrass and HealthSouth Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital present:

Autism Spectrum Disorders: What to Expect, What to Do? With Sara Spragens and Patti Logsdon
Basic facts about autism, issues in education and assumptions about the intellectual potential that exists in children on the spectrum. Learn about the obstacles in which parents, siblings, and teachers face, common interventions, and resources for families. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital Center of Learning 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 6:00-7:00 Presentation 7:00-8:00 Q & A and tour HealthSouth Cardinal Hill Pediatric Therapy Department Light Refreshments will be served RSVP: 859-367-7127

ASBG Meeting April 24, 2017

Meeting on Monday, April 24th, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 PM
At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

“Retirement, Social Security and Medicaid, One Mother’s Journey” with Arlene Jacina
Arlene Jacina is a school teacher and has worked with children in the Fayette County School System for over two decades. Her son Robbie has autism so she has been an advocate for him for twenty-something years. Arlene has practical experience securing medical, educational, and Michelle P waiver services for Robbie. Last year due to special circumstances, Robbie became eligible for social security. This began another level of advocacy. Arlene will share this difficult journey with families attending this Autism Awareness month’s meeting. Families will want to hear how parental retirement, Medicaid, and Social Security impact waiver services. Join us for a truly informative case discussion.

Save the date:

Please Remember, April is Autism Awareness Month
** ASBG presentation at Cardinal Hill for caregivers of newly diagnosed children this Wednesday, the 26th, at 6pm, followed by a Q & A and tour of the pediatric therapy department. RSVP: 859-367-7127.
** May 6: Femme Fatales WMC, ACHA Chapter, Ride for Autism. The ride starts at 10:00 AM at Lexington
Indian and ends at Proud Mary Honky Tonk. – Contact moc.kooltuonull@cmwffahcam.
** No ASBG meeting in May
** The 2017 Bluegrass Autism Walk will be Sunday, September 10, 2-5pm. Mark your calendars!

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

Please remember to send in your annual membership dues of $12.00 to The Treasurer, ASBG, P.O. Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412. Also, if you prefer to receive these notices by email please email Sara at moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras.

 

Don’t Miss Our Annual Workshop on April 22, 2017

Autism Society of the Bluegrass Presents Our Annual Workshop

After School Special: Independence for Adolescents and Adults with Autism

April 2017 workshop flyer

Tates Creek Christian Church
April 22, 2017
Registration: 8:30
Workshop: 9:00AM-3:00PM

Speakers and Topics Include

Eric Zimmerman – Living with Autism
Dr. Caitlin Allen – Mental Health and Anxiety
Karen Perch – Legal protections: Trusts and Able Accounts
Marilyn Barnett – Preparation for Employment
Amanda Ralston – ABA Tools for Functional Skills

Registration $25 per person, $10 for additional team members. Lunch provided. Scholarships are available. Contact moc.liamgnull@snegarpsaras for more info or scholarship requests.

Eric Zimmerman

Eric D. Zimmerman is Founder and Chairman of The Buddy Project, and understands technology’s ability to unlock some of the everyday barriers faced by the special-needs community: The 29-year-old has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism which hinders social interaction. Eric grew to recognize that, unlike him, many persons with disabilities may have little access to commonplace household technologies as their own email account. He decided to take action. Certified in computer repair and rehabilitation, his technological savvy and drive to help others have been brightening lives. Since 2007, his not-for-profit organization has provided free computers and other technologies to qualified IDD candidates. Used donated computers are the starting point for The Buddy Project’s initiative. Every device is completely refurbished and custom-tailored to meet the specific needs of its intended recipient. Eric also has a special interest in Surgical IT and he volunteers one day a week at St. Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore where he learns about Surgical Equipment and Instruments as well as help the hospital work more efficiently. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Service Coordination, Inc., the largest provider in Maryland of targeted case management for people with disabilities.

Dr. Caitlin Allen

Dr. Caitlin Allen is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with individuals who have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum and their families since the early 1990s. Dr Allen attended graduate school at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego where her dissertation research was on stress and coping in parents of children with ASD. Dr. Allen’s training included multiple post-doctoral fellowships including the University of California MIND Institute and University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities. She has been a clinical associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Education and is currently an associate professor in the university’s College of Medicine. She lives in Lexington, KY, with her husband, dean of the UK College of Pharmacy Dr. Kip Guy, 2 children and 2 standard poodles.

Karen Perch

Karen Perch is an estate planning attorney whose practice has a focus on assisting people with disabilities and their families create the legal documents necessary to protect and safeguard those they love. Karen is also very knowledgeable in legal guardianship and Social Security issues. As the oldest of ten children, she has also been an advocate for her youngest sister who has an intellectual disability who currently lives in Massachusetts. Karen is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and a founding member of The Arc of Central Kentucky.

Marilyn Barnett

Marilyn and her husband Lonnie live in Clay City, KY with their son Patrick who received a diagnosis of Autism in 1997. Marilyn served as a member of the Powell County Higher Education Development Board for three years and has been a member/officer of the Powell County Parents’ and Professionals’ Autism Support Group (now PUSH) for twenty years. In 2016, Marilyn became certified to provide Family Peer Support Services. Currently, Marilyn is the Program Director for Key Assets Foundation (Lex., KY) where she administers an Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) establishment grant titled Opportunities to Participate & Transform or “OPT In. The OPT In concept focuses on advocating for individuals (ages 14 to 24) with all types of abilities to receive pre-employment skills training to help prepare them and their families for the world of employment.

Amanda Ralston, BCaBA, LABA

In the past sixteen years, Ms. Ralston has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities, as well as providing education to parents and professionals interested in Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior methodologies in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Amanda is the founder and President of Verbal Behavior Consulting, Inc., which provides early intervention, focused and comprehensive treatment, Behavior Supports Services via the Michelle P. Waiver in Kentucky, consultation, functional assessments, behavioral language assessments, IEP review and developments, and program development and supervision to multiple school districts throughout the state in addition to working in the homes of families of children with autism.

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