WELCOME TO CT FEAT’S
INTERNET DISCUSSION LIST!
The principal purpose
of CT FEAT’s Internet Discussion Listserv for Parents (List) is
to provide a safe and supportive forum in which parents can network and
exchange information. The primary focus is on sharing information about
interventions that have been validated by research.
CT FEAT has provided this free service for more than a decade. There are
more than 300 subscribers, with new members joining every month. Below
you will find the rules for participating in the List. Your request
to be subscribed indicates that you have agreed to abide by these rules.
I. Who Can Join:
This List is exclusively for parents of children with autism spectrum
disorders (ASD) who reside in Connecticut. Out-of-State parents
contemplating a move to CT may not join it. In general, the only
exceptions will be for former CT residents who belonged to the List
before they moved out of state.
Parents may join only in their personal capacity as parents and not as
representatives of businesses or organizations.
II. Privacy and Confidentiality:
CT FEAT will not sell, trade, or otherwise disclose the email addresses
of anyone subscribed to this discussion List. Subscribers to the List
shall not compile email addresses for private or commercial purposes of
Subscribers agree to protect the confidentiality of the other
families on the List.
Subscribers may not disclose to any person or organization outside the
List any personal information (including email addresses) learned on the
List without prior consent of the person involved.
Subscribers may not forward posts to non-subscribers without the
original author’s written permission.
These confidentiality requirements operate on an honor system but anyone
found in violation of them will be removed from the list.
III. Responsibility for Posts:
Subscribers are solely and exclusively responsible for the contents of
any posts they make, including any opinions expressed therein.
IV. Content of Posts
Our long experience with managing the listserv has taught us the
importance of maintaining clear standards regarding appropriate tone and
content. We also strive to limit the number of messages generated each
day so that the volume doesn’t become overwhelming for busy parents.
With those goals in mind, our rules are as follows:
- The general
guidelines for topics are effective treatment and related issues in
education, services, advocacy and current events.
- ADVERTISING is
expressly forbidden. No commercial use shall be made of this
Listserv or its membership. Sending unsolicited advertisements or
information of a commercial nature to other subscribers, whether
through the List or privately, will result in removal from the list.
All posts to the
list (be they questions, answers or comments) need to be of
potentially general interest. Personal notes directed to just one or
two subscribers (e.g. “thanks for the information” or “see you
tomorrow” or “I agree” or “that’s interesting” or “me too”) should
be sent privately to the person you are replying to and not to the
entire list. If you find yourself posting more than four messages
per day, you are probably in violation of this rule.
Please put a SUBJECT LINE in your post that is relevant to the
issue you are posting about.
Do not FORWARD to this listserv postings from other internet
forums from which you receive email. If you want to share
information from another listserv, you need to copy it in to a new
message and provide an explanation as to what it is and why you are
There are legal issues of copyright violation when someone posts
extensive copyrighted material. For this reason, if there is a
lengthy article you wish to share, please post only one or two
paragraphs, together with the link to the article. If there is no
link available, you may offer to send the article offlist to anyone
who emails you privately.
Please refrain from posting ATTACHMENTS.
This is a private un-moderated List meaning that email messages are
posted without prior screening or approval. However, CT FEAT does
monitor the List. While vigorous discussion and varying opinions are
welcome, the tone must remain respectful. Any subscriber who makes
personally derogatory comments or otherwise engages in ridicule,
excessive sarcasm or innuendo, will be removed.
VI. Ownership, Questions and Complaint
The List is privately owned by CT FEAT which reserves the right
to unilaterally remove a subscriber for any reason whatsoever. If
the subscriber disagrees with this action, he or she may file a
complaint with the CT FEAT Board of Directors by writing to
The Board of Directors has the final determination on any
decision concerning the List including, but not limited to,
Questions or comments about the rules, including any specific
criticism you have regarding a particular post or subscriber, should
be addressed privately to the Listserv Administrator at
and NOT to the List.
VII. How to JOIN or LEAVE the List
If you want to JOIN (i.e., subscribe to) the List, please send an
E-mail message to email@example.com providing the following
(1) Your FULL NAME
(2) Your E-MAIL address (employment-based addresses not permitted)
(3) Your Full MAILING address
(4) A statement that you are a CT Parent of an ASD child.
(5) A statement that you have READ and AGREE to abide by the above
(6) A statement that you understand and agree to honor the
If you want to LEAVE the List you will find the means to do so at
the “Modify Your Subscription” link that appears at the bottom of
every listserv message. That link will permit you to manage your
subscription, including temporarily suspending or permanently ending
it. If you have any problems, you can always write to
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