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Upcoming Trainings
Featured Article
Featured Article
Support for Families
Back to School
DSM-V Changes
Act Early Ambassador
KATC Training Site Initiative
Sensory Friendly Show
Parent Perspectives Survey
Free Webinar Trainings
KATC Annual Report
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Upcoming Trainings

Kentucky (TOTs) - Training of Trainers Central Kentucky Modules 3&4


September 23, 2013
12:00pm - 3:30pm 

Grant County UK Extension Office - 105 Baton Rouge Road Williamstown, KY 41097



September 25, 2013

12:00pm - 3:30pm

HDI - Human Development Institute - Coldstream Research Park - 1525 Bull Lea Run Suite 160 Lexington, KY 40511



October 1, 2013 

12:00pm - 3:30pm

Campbellsville University - BASC Banquet Hall 1 University Drive Campbellsville, KY 42718



October 3, 2013

12:00pm - 3:30pm 

Kosair Charities Community Room - 982 Eastern Parkway Louisville, KY 40217


These training sessions are FREE.  Choose a location near you and register today.



Preventing Wandering: Resources for Parents and First Responders

Resource available and the advice to follow to keep your children safe.

WHAS Grants Available for Students in UL's ABA/ASD Certificate program

We are excited to announce that the department of special education was awarded a tuition support grant for students enrolled in the graduate certificate program in ASD/ABA.
For information, contact Dr. Robert Pennington via phone 502-852-2633 or via email 

Featured Resource Library Book
The Comprehensive Autism Planning System (CAPS) for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome, Autism and Related Disabilities: Integrating Best Practices Throughout the Student's Day
Print Length: 220 pages
Publisher: AAPC Publishing (July 20, 2007)
This system allows educators to understand how to implement an instructional program for students with ASD. The model answers common questions about finding the right supports to fit a child's learning style in order to help him reach his full potential. 
Check out this book and others from the Amanda L. King Resource Library


Diandre Glover Thomas, MA
Insight on Autism, Editor
Autism Support for Families and Schools
    SUMMER 2013                                                  ISSUE #11
There are a growing number of resources throughout Kentucky to support individuals with autism, their families and the schools that serve them.  This issue of Insight on Autism highlights a few of those organizations and the support that KATC is currently providing for educators in schools throughout Kentucky.   
Support For Families of Children with ASD in Kentucky
Parent speaking
Parent speaking at the annual Children's Mental health Awareness day event in Frankfort 
Heidi Cooley-Cook

The Commonwealth has a great variety of supports for parents and other caregivers of individuals with autism. Did you know that there are over 40 support groups throughout the state of Kentucky? Use the link to find one in your area! Groups are listed by Special Education Cooperative Region - not sure which region you are in check out this map, find your county and the corresponding co-op!
Support Group Leaders are a great source of information and to learn more about the resources and services available in your community.  
Back to School -- Get Off to a Great Start

Laura Ferguson, M.Ed., BCBA

School time is on us once again. It is time to get out of our children back on schedule. No more late nights and unstructured days. As we get closer to August and the start of school we think about the changes we will have to make, and how difficult this be for a child on the autism spectrum.  When we think about the differences between the summer days and the start of school, we realize just how unstructured our summer days have been. No scheduled times to eat, no limited time on computers or games, and we definitely were not made to sit and concentrate for long periods of time. This transition scared all of us as children and it certainly scared our parents. Article Continued 


DSM-V and Changes to Autism Diagnosis

W. David Lohr, MD

Many people have questions and concerns how the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria will effect individuals with autism. To help families understand the changes here are some important points to remember and the DSM-V and Changes to Autism webinar presentation.

Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassador Project 
Rebecca Grau
The Act Early Ambassador project is designed to develop a
Act Early Ambassadors --      See Dr. Tomcheck in the back row on the right
network of state-level experts to improve early identification practices. It is a collaborative effort on behalf of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). Act Early Ambassadors serve as state liaisons to the Learn the Signs. Act Early. initiative. State liaisons work as..
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School Training Site Initiative Begins this Fall with 25 Schools Across the State
South East South Central Coop
Southeast South Central Coop

KATC works in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and eleven Special Educational Cooperatives at all levels of operation. Cooperatives have the capacity to create and sustain change at the local level.  Such collaboration is essential to develop and sustain a network of professional development, training and coaching to educators. Building upon this relationship, KATC initiated a collaborative workgroup in 2008 to develop a proposal and was subsequently awarded a partnership with the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders.  This year we are excited to work with schools from the following counties:  Article continued
Stage One Sensory Friendly Stage Performance
Stage One logo


StageOne Family Theatre opens their 67th season with The House at Pooh Corner and offers the first ever Sensory Friendly Performance in Kentucky. Join StageOne Family Theatre this October for their first ever Sensory Friendly Performance. StageOne will partner with The Kentucky Center to offer the state's first ever Sensory Friendly Performance of The House at Pooh Corner, October 12 at 11 am in the state of the art Bomhard Theater inside The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.  Article continued

Center for Systems Change - Parent Perspectives Survey


Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are faced with an overwhelming number of choices related to their children's care. Many parents report using a variety of treatments to find that perfect combination that will help their child. To learn more about the types of interventions families are using, the Center for Systems Change, at OCALI, created the Parent Perspectives Survey. This survey asks parents about what interventions their children are currently using or have used in the past. For popular types of interventions (e.g., behavioral interventions, biomedical interventions, and therapies) the survey asks about the ease of using the interventions, how well they worked, and the level of family-centered care provided. Finally, the survey asks parents about their child's overall progress and general experiences of being a parent of a child with ASD. All parents of children with ASD at any age are welcome to fill out the survey. Please complete the survey by 9/15/13 Click here to participate

Free KATC Webinar Trainings
KATC YouTube
Did you know that KATC provides easy access to accurate, evidence based information through free webinar trainings for parents and professionals across the state? Webinar trainings are available to you 24 hours a day online. You can watch the training videos through our YouTube Channel and access handouts at the click of a button from the comfort of your own home.  Check out over 50 FREE archived webinar trainings on the KATC website. Also, subscribe to our YouTube channel  
to be quickly notified when new webinars become available for you to watch.
2012-13 KY Autism Training Center Annual Report

The Kentucky Autism Training Center's (KATC) 2012-2013 Annual Report represents our sixteenth year of service to the autism community of Kentucky. This report is a summary of our work in the areas of information dissemination, training, coaching and various other supports. Each section provides an overview of the services and a support provided in each area and information regarding our collaborative partners.


The mission of the Kentucky Autism Training Center is to strengthen our state's systems of support for persons affected by autism by bridging research to practice and by providing training and resources to families and professionals. KATC is committed to improving the quality of life for those affected by ASD