About CT FEAT
"ConnecticuT Families for Effective Autism Treatment" (CT FEAT) is a non-profit organization formed by parents to provide information and support to the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We want to help the families who come after us to learn about, and have access to, effective treatment as soon as possible following diagnosis.
Many of us experienced tremendous difficulty in obtaining accurate diagnoses for our children. Once we had the diagnosis, we often were obliged to waste precious time doing our own extensive research in order to learn about the most effective treatment options. And then came the most challenging obstacle of all: securing effective, appropriate, affordable treatment for our children.
Our Principal Goals:
1) To provide educational and networking opportunities to families interested in treatment programs based on the principles of applied behavior analysis ( ABA ) and other treatments validated by research;
2) To expand the availability of high quality professional services by supporting education and training opportunities in ABA;
3) To provide information resources regarding effective treatments validated by research.
1) An Un-moderated "Parents Only" Internet Discussion List that provides Connecticut parents of ASD children with a forum to discuss issues of concern. The only requirement for participation is that you agree 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) Parent Resource and Networking Meetings, which take place periodically depending on interest and the availability of volunteers to staff them. These meetings usually take place in either Waterbury or Rocky Hill. The only requirement for participation is that parents agree to respect each otherís privacy and confidentiality.
3) Speaker Events and Conferences presenting the latest information on effective treatment practices.
4) 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). Scholarship recipients are selected by the CT FEAT board of directors.
5) The Frank D. Craemer Memorial Parent Training Fund. CT FEAT believes that well informed parents are their childrenís 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.
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. Since we are an all volunteer organization with limited resources, we can only serve Connecticut families, to whom we provide information and networking opportunities. Here is a list of FEAT Groups in Other States.
If you are a Connecticut parent or professional and would like to get more involved with CT FEAT, you can call (860) 571-3888, write to P.O. Box 370352, West Hartford, CT 06137-0352 or E-mail at email@example.com. We'd like to hear from you!