April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness 2014
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.

Thank You Auction Sponsors….

Huge shout out to our Auction 2014 sponsors, we could not of done it without your generosity and support… Thank You!

A special thank you to Prime Electric for being this years presenting sponsor.

All Sponsor Logos Auction 2014

Beers for Ben’s Fund

Ben's Fund logo and side text F
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.  
Beers for Ben’s Fund Flyer
Thank you Reuben’s Brews for supporting FEAT of WA and Ben’s Fund.
Reubens brews

FEAT Reach for the Stars Auction 2014

To Register and for more information, please click here

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
Location:
Washington State Youth Soccer Association,
500 S 336th Street, Suite 100
Federal Way, WA 98003

For directions, visit: www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org/about_us/driving_directions_hours/

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.

Description:
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.*

Seahawks GM John Schneider knows: Autism is a family diagnosis


The 10-year-old son of Seahawks general manager John Schneider was diagnosed with autism when he was a year-and-a-half old. Schneider and his wife Traci got help for their son, Ben, who is doing well. Now the Schneiders are launching Ben’s Fund, which in partnership with Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Washington will provide grants to families to help them cover the cost of medical bills and therapies.

Read more about their story in a recent Seattle Times piece.

Offerings in Salute of Autism Awareness Month

April 13th – take your lunch break with us at our second FEAT Open House. Meet other parents and learn more about summer offerings from FEAT and others.

April 19th – Seahawk players, alumni, coaches, and scouts will participate in an interactive evening at El Gaucho presented by John and Traci Schneider and the Seattle Seahawks Women’s Association; proceeds to benefit FEAT and families and children in need of services to address autism. Visit www.Seahawks.com/PrimeTime.

April 28th – Come to the first in our series of Behavior Management Workshops being sponsored with our partner, Lake Washington School District PTSA Special Needs Group. The first one will be held April 28th from 10a-1p at the Redmond Town Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond WA 98052. Detailed information on all three workshops to be facilitated by our Director of Clinical Services, Michael Fabrizio may be found here.

April 28th – join the runners and walkers in the South Sound area for the Spring Forward Run and walk 5k being sponsored by our generous community partner MVP Physical Therapy; all proceed to benefit FEAT members in the South Sound area. There will be games and a 1K for kids along with a silent auction and raffle which will include two Alaska Airline Tickets valued at $1,250 each. RSVP HERE.