FEATure Autism Awareness
Awareness * Understanding * Acceptance
As many of you know, April is National Autism Awareness Month.  While our families live with Autism Awareness everyday, April is one month out of the year when we go to extraordinary lengths to inform and educate our community about our daily reality.  A recent survey by the CDC announced startling, new numbers that 1 out of 45 children today are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. We cannot be silent, we must stand up and fight for our children for their health today, and for their future tomorrow.

So, if you are not directly affected by Autism, we ask you to stand up for those who cannot. If you are affected, we ask that you stand side by side with others who are on this journey every single day. One person alone cannot make a difference, but together, we can change the world.

Consider this month, how you can support autism awareness, understanding & acceptance. Join FEAT of Louisville in our many efforts to make a difference for the children and their families. 


Senate Bill 185 to be Signed by Gov. Bevin
April 1st, Govenor Matt Bevin will sign Senate Bill 185 creating the Advisory Council and he Office of Autism. This is a huge step in the right direction for Kentucky!

According to the last posted draft, the Advisory Council will be responsible for:
  • Promoting the vision for Kentucky's services and supports to persons on the autism spectrum and their families
  • Promoting early screening, identification, early intervention and appropriate use of standards of care
  • Strengthing state, regional and local level collaboration & coordination wit families, self-advocates, support groups and state agencies to further coordinate, develop and enhance the service delivery system

Everyone is invited to attend April 1st at 1:00pm in the Capitol Rotunda.
Events/Activites for Autism Awarness Month
Together we can make a better world for those with autism.

Celebrate Autism Awarness Month by participating in so many great local events & acivities. 
"Autism is more than April"  - Promote autism awareness and more importantly acceptance in your community throughout the year. Please email us your awareness/acceptance activities beyond April at  supportoflouisville.org  so we can highlight the work you are doing in our newsletter or on our social media channels.

Use #Lville4Autism to show us how you are spreading awareness, understanding & acceptance.



 
FEAT is the Community Host for USAA World Conference
August 18-20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency

FEAT is honored to have been selected to be the Community Host for the 2016 US Autism & Asperger Association World Conference & Expo in Louisville, KY. Over 30 of the world's most respected researchers, practitioners, and education specialists in the Autism and Asperger communities will share valuable resources for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself.

There may be some volunteer opportunities. More information to come.




FEATure Fundraising
YOU make a difference in Louisville's autism community
THANK YOU!

With Your Help, FEAT Could Win $10,000

Unbelievable, we've made it into the Championship Round of  Brackets for Good Louisville presented by Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. 

We couldn't have made it without the HUGE support of each of our donors! Thank you! 

But it's not over yet, there's one more round to go and the winner of this one wins $10,000 that will provide the much needed dollars for our summer camp, The Endeavor Preschool program and our local swim programs that support our kids with autism. We still need you!
The Championship Round ends April 1st at 7:59:59PM

Please invest in FEAT programs and children with autism by making a donation to FEAT thru Brackets for Good. Every donation whether we win or lose the championship will go to support FEAT.

It just takes 4 easy steps and FEAT could win:
1. Go to   www.louisville.bfg.org
2. Click on FEAT of Louisville
3. Make a donation - you can double your donation by hitting the buzzer beater button. These points will not be seen in our score until the last 15 minutes of the game.
4. Share information on how to make a donation with friends and family.


2016 Outrunning Autism 5K & Fun Walk
Presented by Churchill Downs, Inc.
The Parklands of Floyds Fork        Saturday, June 4, 2016

Only 64 days to go the 11th Annual Outrunning Autism 5K presented by Churchill Downs,Inc., have you registered yet?

"We are so excited about this year's 2016 Outrunning Autism 5K! We have many new sponsors including our presenting sponsor Churchill Downs, Inc. We anticipate record numbers in attendance and are finalizing the details of the race which will offer something for everyone." said Deborah Morton, Executive Director of FEAT.

Our professionally timed 5K Run will take place at the beautiful Parklands of Floyds Fork - Beckley Creek Park on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9:00AM.  Outrunning Autism is a race event for all ages and fitness levels and a great family event with a Vendor Village, a Kid's Zone that includes bounce houses, bubbles, face painting, character appearances and loads of fun! 

Your participation, either by running, walking or donating to Outrunning Autism, will help Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville continue to provide education, training, support & programs for families affected by autism right here in Kentuckiana! 







FEATure  Opportunities
 

PARENT MEETING: Preparing Young Adults for Independent Living
presented by Theraplace

THURSDAY, April 14th 7:00-9:00PM 
Home of the Innocents Lower Level of the Open Arms Building 

Learn best practices that will maximize your child's self-determination skills for a successful community integration. 

RSVP at support@featoflousiville.org Childcare provided by request

All About Kids Movement & More!

All ABout Kids is offing a class is a gymnastics based movement education class, specifically designed for students, ages 4-9 years old, with special needs.

  • The format of this class is an instructor led Parent/Child class.
  • This fast paced 45 minute class is perfect for students who have a shorter attention span.
  • Wednesdays at 4:30pm
  • Limited number of spots!

For more information contact 

Brittany Williams   |    All About Kids Sports Center   |    (502) 809-1FUN


Dreams In Motion Summer Camp
Registration is now open!

For 8 years, FEAT of Louisville has collaborated with Dreams with Wings to offer our community, Dreams in Motion, a summer camp for children ages 8-21 with autism. It is the only 8 week educational, therapeutic and recreational summer camp for children and teens with autism in the Louisville Metro area, surrounding counties, and Southern Indiana.

We accept 30 campers with a 2 to 1 camper to counselor ratio.
Applications may be completed electronically and submitted to Kelley Kennedy by emailing her at kkennedy@dreamswithwings.org OR submitted at Dreams with Wings Administrative Office located at 1579 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY. 

Children & teens, ages 8-21, with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.
June 6 through July 29 (8 weeks)
Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
St.Andrew's Episcopal Church 2233 Woodbourne Ave in the Highlands.

Register Today

FEAT Family Night at the Kentucky Science Center

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Kentucky Science Center and FEAT of Louisville are hosting a BOGO FEAT Family Night on Sunday, April 3rd from 5:30-8:00PM

We are offering a BOGO & discounted admission. For every discounted ticket you purchase for $5, FEAT will give you another for FREE.

We look forward to seeing you there.
Thunder Day 
for Kids with Autism 
at Camp HiHo
Questions can be directed to: thunderday@camphiho.com


Camp Hi-Ho and  Kosair Children's Hospital recognize the unique challenge that kids on the autism spectrum can have making & keeping friends. We've organized "Thunder Day" for these special children and their siblings, grades 3-8. To ensure that every child has loads of fun and meets lots of friends, space is limited.
  • Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10am - 2pm
  • This event is FREE for all participants
  • Rain Cancels
  • This is for children grades 3rd-8th
  • Siblings without Autism or Asperger's are welcome
Most of our activities will be open-fishing, boating, sports, forts, zip line, rope and tire swings, archery, arts & crafts, and thanks to Kosair Children's Hospital each participant will receive a free tee-shirt! Children who attend must be able to function independently or if not, be accompanied by a family member or other adult who can provide individual assistance, as needed. 


Save-the-Date 
for information about any of the listed dates contact Deborah at deborah@featoflouisville.org

COMMUNITY

VINE TO WINE at PASALINO'S
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Join us at Passalino's to benefit FEAT of Louisville by tasting wine and participating in a silent auction for Autism Awareness Month! Taste up to 30 different wines! 
Passalino's Louisville's Classic Venue 207 W Market St Louisville, KY 40202



2016 OUTRUNNING AUTISM 5K & FUN WALK
Saturday, June 4, 2016  Race starts at 9:00AM
To register or for more information about becoming a sponsor and the race go to www.feat5K.com. Make sure you are registered by May 10 to guarantee receiving an Outrunning Autism T-Shirt.


REV 'N ROLL FOR AUTISM
Saturday, June 11 at J-Town Fraternal Order of the Eagles
Dice Run & Pig Roast. Bikers and car followers travel to locations with stops to engage in opportunities to roll dice and win big prizes. The day ends with a huge pig roast, silent auction, and lots of opportunities for giving.


US Autism & Aspergers Association World Conference
August 18- 20    7:00AM-5:30PM  at Hyatt Regency
Over 30 of the world's most respected researchers, practitioners, and education specialists in the Autism and Asperger communities will share valuable resources


Create A Stir About Autism: GAME SHOW
Saturday, September 10, 2016
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, volunteer or donating an item to the auction, please contact us at support@featoflouisville.org



PARENTS - 

BOGO FEAT FAMILY FUN NIGHT at The KY Science Center
Sunday, April 3  5:30APM - 8:00PM
We are happy to host this private play evening with The KY Science Center. In honor of Autism Awarness Month, we are offering a BOGO & discounted admission. For every discounted ticket you purchase for $5, FEAT will give you another for FREE.

PARENT MEETING
Preparing Young Adults with ASD for Independent Living
Thursday, April 14  7:00 - 9:00PM
at  Home of the Innocents-Open Arms Building on the lower level
RSVP support@featoflouisville.org for childcare.
Please use meeting date + childcare as your subject title.


FEAT DAY AT THE BATS
Sunday, April 17  2:00PM at Slugger Field
Ticket information will be emailed to all members soon.

FEAT FAMILY FUN at Puzzle's Fun Dome
Tuesday, April 19  6:30-8:30PM
Puzzle's Fun Dome is hosting FEAT Famiies for a night of fun. Admission is FREE and $5 will get you 2 slices of pizza and unlimited soft drinks

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1100 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206
502-596-1258


Deborah Morton, Executive Director