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Autism Society of the Bluegrass

              

Meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 PM

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

Legislative Issues Specific to Autism in Kentucky

Bart Baldwin – Lobbyist/Consultant

1915C Medicaid Waivers Redesign (Michelle P, SCL, etc.)

Using a Managed Care Organization (MCO) to access therapies

Commercial Insurance – accessing services and HB 218

Bart has over two decades of experience in public policy, lobbying and executive level management in the health care and human services fields. He started Bart Baldwin Consulting in 2013.  He has a long history of advocating on behalf of children with Autism and their families dating back to 2009.  He was the primary lobbyist on the successful passage of HB 159 in the 2010 legislative session.  HB 159 created the Autism Insurance Mandate and set up the licensing board for Applied Behavior Analysts. He currently advocates on behalf ABA Advocates, Hopebridge and Autism Speaks Government Relations.
Save the date!!
March 31/1-3pm Easter egg event at Tate’s Creek Christian Church-call 859-537-2634for more info
 April 30, 2018 – FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) Mark Samudre and Megan Jones
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 JOIN ASBG!
 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 disability resource 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,  P.O.  Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.  Or visit www.asbg..org/about to join conveniently online.

Autism Society of the Bluegrass

               Autism

Meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 PM

St.. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, Kentucky

 

Please join us as the ASBG Presents:

 

Medicaid 101 and Medicaid Waiver update

 

Lori Gresham RN, Clinical Program Manager Senior for the Department of Medicaid Services

 

Lori Gresham is the Clinical Program Manager Sr. for the redesign of Kentucky’s 1915 (c) waivers.  She has experience in emergency medicine, pediatric care, and medical-surgical care.  Her experience in Medicaid includes extensive knowledge of all of the 1915 (c) waivers from waiver applications to regulations to the inner day-to-day processes.

 

Save the date!!

 

Autism Society of the Bluegrass Monthly Meetings:

 

March 26, 2018 –Legislative Issues Specific to Autism in Kentucky, Bart Baldwin, ABA Advocates

April 30, 2018 – FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) Mark Samudre and Megan Jones

 

ARC of KY Annual Conference: 2018

March 8 & 9-ARC of Kentucky conference– go to www.arcofky.org  to register for the annual conference (deadline: February 28).

 

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

 

 

It’s that time of year.

 

PLEASE JOIN ASBG!

 

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,  P.O.  Box 24212, Lexington, Kentucky 40524-2412.  Or visit www.asbg.org/about to join conveniently online.

Check Out This Event!!!

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 saraspragens@gmail.com.

 

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.

 

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 saraspragens@gmail.com.
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.

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 saraspragens@gmail.com. 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.

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 saraspragens@gmail.com.
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.

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 saraspragens@gmail.com.
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
 
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.