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"ConnecticuT Families for Effective Autism Treatment" (CT FEAT) is a non-profit organization formed by parents to provide information, support and networking opportunities to the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). As an all volunteer organization with limited resources, we focus exclusively on Connecticut families. Out-of-state families seeking information about services in CT please see this special note.

Many of CT FEAT's parent volunteers experienced tremendous difficulty in obtaining an accurate diagnosis for our children. We also encountered many obstacles to securing timely, appropriate, and affordable treatment. We want to help other parents learn about, and have access to, effective treatment.


  1. To provide information resources and networking opportunities to families interested in autism interventions validated by research.

  2. To expand the availability of high quality professional services by supporting education and training opportunities in applied behavior analysis (ABA).


  1. The Parents Only Autism Internet Discussion Group. This closed, unmoderated listserv provides a forum to discuss issues of concern. The only requirement for participation is agreement to protect the confidentiality of the other families on the list. To learn more about the listserv, and how to subscribe, go to the ctfeat listserv.

  2. The Nancy Leahy-Shea Memorial Scholarship for Professional Development in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). CT FEAT supports expanding the number of highly trained autism professionals in CT by funding this scholarship which is awarded to CT educators (including special education teachers and speech therapists) interested in pursuing educational opportunities in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). To date, this program has awarded more than $40,000 to 25 individuals. Scholarship recipients are selected by the CT FEAT board of directors. To learn more the program, go to

  3. The Frank D. Craemer Memorial Parent Training Fund. CT FEAT believes that well informed parents are their children's most important teachers and advocates. In order to support parental efforts to learn more about best practices in autism treatment, CT FEAT has established a special fund to help parents pay the costs of attending training workshops, conferences and other educational events. To learn more about opportunities for funding, go to

  4. Parent Resource and Networking Meetings take place periodically, in varying locations, depending on both interest and the availability of volunteers to staff them. The only requirement is that participants agree to respect each other’s privacy and confidentiality.

  5. Speaker Events and Conferences presenting the latest information on effective treatment practices.

  6. Information Resources, such as our web site, brochure, and parent-authored articles.

  7. Outreach, Education, and Advocacy to increase knowledge about effective treatment and resources to provide it.
CT FEAT grew out of an informal parent support network which formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1997, making us eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

Our bylaws provide that all members of the Board of Directors shall be parents or family members of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. There are currently ten directors, with Board representation from throughout the state.

Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT FEAT) is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers. We have no paid staff.

If you are a Connecticut parent or professional and would like to get more involved with CT FEAT, you can write to P.O. Box 370352, West Hartford, CT 06137-0352 or E-mail us at We'd like to hear from you!

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