Seattle Seahawks – Autism Friendly NFL Stadium

The low September sun created shadows on the field from the distinctive arches atop CenturyLink Field.

CenturyLink Field is the first stadium in the NFL to offer an autism friendly experience. #bensfund

Autism Community News: The Seattle Seahawks announced Oct 18th 2015 that they are taking steps to make attending a game at CenturyLink Field more autism-friendly. They now offer tool kits for fans on the autism spectrum which include noise-cancelling headphones, ear plugs, sensory toys, a detailed schedule and a badge that can be worn during the game to let staff know that the wearer is on the spectrum and might require special assistance.

The Seahawks were contacted by Jennifer Sollars Miller and Michelle Wilkerson, co-founders of the Autism Center of Tulsa and creators of Autism Friendly Locations (AFL) program, in July to gauge their interest in the program.

“We heard what Seahawks GM John and Traci Schneider were doing with the Seahawks to raise awareness for autism,” said Jennifer Sollars Miller.

Fans can pick-up the toolkit at guest services located in the Field Plaza just south of The Pro Shop on the Field Level. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Autism Center of Tulsa, A OK Autism and Traci Schneider (founder of Ben’s Fund). Thank you for making this program possible.

For more information please visit:
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Mariners help raise autism awareness.

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July 12th 2015 Join FEAT of Washington and other local autism organizations at Safeco field for a special Mariners Autism Day Event.

For your families chance to win tickets to attend the game, please visit

You have until 07/02 midnight to submit your entry. Please see above link for further competition and event information.

To be eligible to win you must complete all fields listed in the survey monkey questionnaire and have it submitted by mid-night of the advertised competition date. Applications submitted outside of this time will not be accepted. FEAT of WA staff, board members, community partners and their families plus past recipients of a FEAT Mariners tickets will not be eligible to win. Tickets are not for resale purposes. If you are the winning entry, please note you will be responsible for picking up the tickets from the FEAT of WA main office located in Bellevue. If your tickets are not picked up or alternate arrangements made by close of business Thursday before game, tickets will be given to another family from the competition list. ID may be required at time of pick up. It is also requested that you please share event photos with FEAT of WA which may be used for FEAT of WA promotional and marketing materials either in print or online. Also please note that there are security precautions when attending a game, please visit the Safeco’s website for more information on what to expect on the day, including safety regulations and what you can bring. By submitting this form you agree to all conditions and agree to provide FEAT of WA permission to use your photos and the above story in online and print materials unless otherwise stated. FEAT of WA will not be held responsible for the safety or for any additional expenses you or anyone attending the game endures. Winners will be notified via phone or email and will also be announced via social media.

Autism Day at the Museum of Flight


Please join FEAT of WA
Sat April 11th 2015

FREE early admission to
The Museum of Flight
Doors open at 8am
Offering a sensory-friendly environment until 10am

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New Autism Respite Project for Teens

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FEAT of Washington is excited to announce the launch of its new family service project. Starting January 2015 teens will have the opportunity to attend a monthly evening of recreational respite, providing support to parents and caregivers with a much needed break!

Located in Tacoma at the Metro Parks – Portland Ave Community Center. FEAT aims to provide teens with autism, aged 13 through 20, the opportunity to interact and “hangout” with other teens in a fun and safe, understanding and accepting recreational environment. All participants will be under the direct supervision of trained FEAT Experience Learning Project (ELP) staff and peer model volunteers.

When: Monthly – First session takes place Tuesday January 13th, 2015
Time: 4:30pm-7:30pm
Registration Opens: December 2014

If you are interested in signing up, pre-intake and registration is required to attend, please see below for links: (Forms still to come, check back December 2014).

New Family Intake Form will help us get to know your child’s individual needs while ensuring we have the right support and placement opportunity. Please print and send completed form to

Registration Form Once you have completed the New Family Intake Form and have been contacted by Katie McAndrew, (Program Manager) you may then register your teen for participation. Please note space is limited.

The fee is $25.00 per teen and will be collected at time of registration. Fee allows FEAT to provide this service and goes towards covering the costs associated with running the program.

We all need a break and a chance to recharge the batteries. FEAT aims to provide support to the families in our community who so tirelessly support their children! Should you have any further questions please contact Katie McAndrew at


April is Autism Awareness Month

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Families for Effective Autism Treatment is celebrating April as Autism Awareness Month.
While we strive to bring awareness to autism every month, April is internationally known as a time to shine our autism awareness light even brighter!

Here are some of the fun ways FEAT is excited to celebrate with our families, our members and the greater Washington autism community….

All Month: FEAT is giving away Mariners tickets to our members every week during the month of April. For your chance to win, simply sign up for FEAT membership, where a name will randomly be selected to attend the July 13th autism day game. Watch FEAT’s Facebook group for list of weekly winners.

April 3rd: Beers for Ben’s Fund – Raise your beer glass  to a great cause at Reuben’s Brews in Ballard! $1 from each beer sold will be donated directly to Ben’s Fund. Join John and Traci for a fun night out! 

April 7th – 11th: Kennedy Catholic High School will be supporting Autism Month by sharing autism awareness through the sales of Easter grams to students. All money raised will be donated to FEAT of WA – Ben’s Fund. Thanks Michelle Callson, you are an inspiration!

April 19th: The Boeing Flight Museum is hosting a special autism awareness day, with vendors, discounted tickets for families with a child with autism. When purchasing tickets on the day of, mention the phrase “Ben’s Friends” to receive a discount of your ticket and 10% off at the store.

April 26th: Autism Acceptance Video Game Tournament. Hosted by Bellevue College’s Navigators program in partnership with Autism Day. FEAT is excited to once again participate and help sponsor this wonderful autism friendly event.

April 30th: Ben’s Fund will be selecting one family at random to receive an additional $500 in grant money. To be eligible you must be a previously awarded family or have submitted a new qualifying application* anytime up to April 30th 2014. Winners will be contacted via email.

*qualifying application – must meet all Ben’s Fund criteria, which will then be presented at a future committee meeting for committee approval.

Beers for Ben’s Fund

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A fundraiser for Ben’s Fund, called “Beers for Ben’s Fund” is taking place at Reuben’s Brews in Ballard on April 3rd 2014 from 3-8pm.  $1 from each beer sold will be donated to Ben’s Fund.  The flyer is attached with the information.  
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Thank you Reuben’s Brews for supporting FEAT of WA and Ben’s Fund.
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Ben’s Fund Grant Instructions

Thank you for checking out Ben’s Fund. Our Mission is to provide grant   opportunities to families who need financial assistance with services   specifically related to autism spectrum disorder treatments here in WA.

Instructions regarding grant eligibility are below. To apply for a grant from Ben’s Fund, please print out application and follow instruction page.

Grant Application
Grant Instructions

New Dates are up for SUPER SATURDAYS!

Check out the new dates for all three Super Saturday locations, Sumner, University Place and Bellevue. We have listed all the dates till years end! Also please note we have made some changes to the price and payment options too. Please click link here for more details FEAT of WA Super Saturdays info We look forward to seeing you and your family at a Super Saturday.

From your friends at FEAT of WA

Autism: A Sense-ational Life!

Insights, Information, and Inspiration: Walking the Path of Autism

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00PM
Washington State Youth Soccer Association,
500 S 336th Street, Suite 100
Federal Way, WA 98003

For directions, visit:

Workshop Facilitator:

Larry Martin Davis, Author of Love, Understanding, and Other Best Practices and Winner of Parent Map Super Hero Award

RSVP: Workshop is complimentary – Suggested donation $7.00 for light luncheon offering. Register early, enrollment is limited to ensure a high degree of interaction.

This offering will especially benefit parents of children just recently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as those who have been traveling the journey for some time. Larry Davis will share his experienced approach for guiding interactions with children on the spectrum, one that allows their light to shine.

Mr. Davis will explore ways to incorporate an outlook that embraces the bounty of autism – one that focuses on talents rather than the more-often attended perceived deficiencies.

Following targeted information sharing, Mr. Davis will respond to topic-related questions raised by parents to assist them with their individual journeys and guide them to valuable resources which may help along the way.

Participants will learn about findings on amygdala research, which indicate that the brains of persons with ASDs work harder during social interactions than the brains of persons without ASDs.

Parents will also become familiar with tools for addressing emotional wellness and sensory coherence.

“Larry possesses unique knowledge and experience which makes him an invaluable asset. I am always glad to see him supporting families because he is truly partnering with everyone at the table.”
–Dr. Vanessa Tucker, Education Specialist, University of Washington

Sponsored by:
Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington and Exceptional Families Network

Special thanks to our partnering host, the Washington Youth Soccer.

Give Big!

FEAT is honored to be one of the non-profits selected for the Seattle Foundation’s Give Big Campaign. All gifts made to FEAT via the Seattle Foundation tomorrow, May 2nd, will help send kids on the spectrum to much needed summer programs.  Learn more and donate here:

*Update: Thank you so much for your generous donations! Your gifts will help send children on the spectrum to much needed summer programs.*