Back to the FEATure
This year's Create A Stir About Autism Brings Us Back to the 80's - Totally!
Create A Stir About Autism
FEAT of Louisville is going BACK to the FEATure - Totally 80's
Presented by Delta Dental of KY

Join us at the 13th Annual Create A Stir About Autism Gala, on the evening of Friday, September 25, 2015. FEAT of Louisville will go BACK to the FEATure with a Totally 80's inspired fundraiser at The Gillespie, 421 West Market Street. Last year's event attracted over 200 patrons and raised over $90,000 to support FEAT of Louisville's mission of easing the autism journey for Kentuckiana families through ongoing support, education, programs, and resources.  This year's event, presented by Delta Dental - Making Smiles Happen and sponsored by Brown-Forman, LG&E and KU Energy Services, Norton Healthcare, Associates in Pediatric Therapies and Citizens Union Bank, will prove to be "Totally Tubular!"
"We are so excited to welcome Delta Dental - Making Smiles Happen as our Presenting Sponsor this year's Create A Stir About Autism.This year's event is shaping up to be even better than ever. It will again feature 100% POLY and be hosted by Angie Fenton of WHAS 11's Great Day Live & Extol Magazine. This is just a fantastic way to raise awareness for autism and to keep our programs funded to help more families in the local area," said Executive Director Deborah Morton. "While our guests can come in cocktail attire, we anticipate many guests will come dressed to kill in their greatest Valley, New Wave, Preppy or Punk 80's Style fashions!"
The BACK to the FEATure -Totally 80's - Create A Stir About Autism fundraiser has 2 ticket options for all to be able to support children with autism and have a great time doing so.
Option 1: "Thriller Night": 6:30PM -12:30AM: Dinner by Vincenzo's Restaurant, open bar, live & silent auction and dancing to the music of 100% POLY: $125 each
Option 2: "Everybody Dance Now": 9:00PM - 12:30PM: 3 drink tickets, late night snack and dancing to 100% POLY: $25 each
Tickets are available online. Special group ticket packages and sponsorship opportunities are also available online. Visit for more information.

FEATure Friendship
FEAT Partner Programs Promoting Friendship

A True Friend is the 
GREATEST of All Blessings
FEAT partners with Best Buddies of Kentucky and Trinity High School to foster friendships.

When people with disabilities are unable to attain or maintain a job, it is most often due to an absence of social skills, rather than an inability to perform the work required. As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities often secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. 

This is accomplished through the three pillars of Best Buddies programs:
  • One-to-one friendships
  • Leadership development
  • Integrated employment
The high school years are a time of heightened social and emotional development and can be difficult even for those without IDD. Best Buddies helps break through social barriers at an important time in a young person's life by  fostering one-to-one friendships between students with and without IDD.

FEAT of Louisville is excited to be partnering with Best Buddies Kentucky for an exciting year of possibilities. Trinity High School students are currently preparing and completing their applications for a Best Buddy match, possibly with your teen. 
It is our desire to match every teen with autism with a Buddy from Trinity but please understand that while you are filling out an application for your son, we are waiting on applications from Trinity students as well. 

Once your child has been matched we will have a reveal party on October 8th tentatively at Clifton's Pizza. After the reveal, s tudents will have opportunities for group outings as well as buddy to buddy outings. Often it will be required for you to help your son to get to meetings/outings and of course you or other guardian are welcome to stay for the event.

We hope that there will be an equal number of Trinity students and FEAT families, but we can only wait to see who applies.  To be match your son with a Buddy, there is an application process to be completed at this link:  Best Buddies Member Application  
Please sign up by September 21st.

Learning More Than Taekwondo
"It gives my son with autism a safe environment to learn new skills. I appreciate the "warrior breathing" calming & focusing technique. We use it at home, at school, at times of stress and times in which we need more focus & concentration. It also helped him with proprioception - his perception and use of his body inspace. Plus, he enjoys spending time with his fellow Warrior friends.
- increased ability to follow directions
- increased propriocetion & balance
- increased fun & socializing with friends" -- Fernandez

Hwang's Warriors is an adaptive martial arts program teaching Taekwondo to students
with learning differences such as Autism Spectrum, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Hard of Hearing, Physical Differences  and more.  This year, FEAT started a partnership with Hwang Martial Art's Warrior program to offer more children with autism the opportunity to participate.
Du r ing a Wa rr iors class no othe r classes are taking p l ace at t he same t ime to ensure be t te r focus and lessen poten t ia l sensory overload. Unlike t he typical classes , we try t o keep the noise down and s t uden t s are no t r equired to shout as much. We work wi t h what eve r yone can tole r ate and bu il d on i t A class typ i cally consists of an average of 10 s t udents, one main i ns tr uctor and an average of 4 adu l t vo l un t ee r s and 2 ch il d volun t ee r s to ensu r e each kid gets one-on-one t i me. Some s t udents require 2 vo l unteers at t he same t i me- one to demonst r ate and the other to physica ll y assis t

C l asses sta rt ou t wi t h gentle warm up and b r ea t hing techniques. We cont i nue wi t h fo r ms, wh i ch cons i s t of a series of s t eps, kicks and punches. Th i s focuses on balance , coo r d i na t ion and memo r i zation. We then typ i cally end wi t h ta r ge t p r ac t ice, which s t uden t s appear t o have t he most fun w i th.  We don' t p r ess for a spec i fic pace and i ns t ead focus in on the spec i fic needs as well as st r eng t hs and offe r encou r agemen t as much as poss i b l e.

"I like the Warriors program because it gives children an opportunity to participate without having to explain their actions. If a child is having a off day they can try something different and there is no pressure to keep up with everyone around them. The children may be physically or intellectually challenged butthey are able to rise to the occasion and show themselves what they can do and eventually they may gain the confidence to show the world.
My son is always progressing. He is following directions, watching those around him, interacting with children, taking a few steps on his own. He even seems to try to imitate yells and some motions." --LeBaun

Dreams In Motion
Summer has come and gone, but the memories made will live forever.

Our Dreams In Motion Summer Camp was a huge success again this year thanks to our continued partnership with Dreams With Wings. The "campers" enjoyed all sorts of activities, went on many outings and made new friends that will be missed...that is until next summer.

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

Give Local Louisville!
The biggest local giving day returns October 1.

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Community Foundation of Louisville will host the second Give Local Louisville. This 24-hour, online "Give Day" will support local nonprofit organizations doing great work in our own backyard.

For one day, every dollar given to local nonprofits will be augmented through proportionate match and prize dollars contributed by the Community Foundation of Louisville; its supporting partners LG&E and KU Energy, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky, Delta Dental of Kentucky; 
Sam Swope Auto Group; and a generous anonymous foundation.
FEAT of Louisville is pleased to be participating in this years Give Local campaign.

The 24 hour, online credit card giving will take place from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 1. 

If you have a Charitable Checking Fund or Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville, you may recommend a grant of any amount to FEAT of Louisville that will be added to the total amount we raise on October 1. 
Two conditions apply: 
(1) you must designate your grant for  Give Local Louisville
(2) submit your grant request between August 3 and no later than 3:00 P.M. on September 25. See MyFund for additional details.

Let's see how much we can raise in 24 hours! Invite your family, friends, coworkers, and employers to donate on October 1 and help make Give Local Louisville a huge success for FEAT and our community!

For more information, visit Give Local Louisville

It's Official!
FEAT of Louisville has been chosen as one of the official charities of the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon!

This event is such a cornerstone to all of the festivities that lead up to the Kentucky Derby, to be chosen is such an honor! 

What does this even mean, you ask? 
As participants register online to run in the 2016 event, they have the opportunity to also make a donation to one of the official charities which will be listed during registration. So, not only is it a great fundraiser but it's also a great way to spread autism awareness in our community! With over 16,000 participating in the event in 2015, we have the opportunity to share how autism is affecting so many in our community.

So how can you help?
1. The module that contains information about the charities will be open and attached to the registration page on Sept 18. If you're planning to participate, consider donating to or joining FEAT of Louisville when you do. If you've already registered, we'll share later how you can go back and join or donate to Team FEAT.

2. FEAT will be starting a team. Plan to join and run for FEAT as we seek to raise funds and awareness.

3. Volunteer at the event. FEAT will have a volunteer team at the event, consider joining us. More details to come.

4. Share this info with your friends!
Things are HEATING up for FEAT!
Bend & Zen Hot Yoga Studio is offering donation based classes every Sunday in September to benefit FEAT

Bend and Zen Hot Yoga Studio in Westport Village is happy to announce that FEAT will be the charity of the month for September. 

Every Sunday at 4:30pm during the month of September, owner, Meredith Conroy offers a karma class which is open to the public. This donation based class ($10 suggested gift) directly benefits an important non-profit organization in our community and we are pleased that FEAT will receive all the proceeds this month.

Every Sunday in September there will be an amazing teacher who will lead an "all levels class" so anyone who loves yoga or who has never even tried yoga is encouraged to attend. Yoga is a powerful way to relax your body and mind, releasing stress, anxiety and tension. This is especially very important for parents and caregivers of autistic children because the healthier you are, the better able you are to care for your child!!

So please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to see a beautiful new yoga 
studio and also support a wonderful cause.

If you have questions, please visit: 

for information about any of the listed dates contact Deborah at


Donation based class directly benefitting FEAT of Louisville
September 6, 13, 20, & 27   4:30PM
Every Sunday in September there will be an amazing teacher who will lead an "all levels class" so anyone who loves yoga or who has never even tried yoga is can attend. 
If you have questions, please visit:

BAGS FOR CHANGE at Lucky's Market
June 28- September 26
F EAT has been selected as one of the non-profits to participate in Lucky's Market Bags for Change. Just shop with reusable bags and let your cashier know that you would like your "wooden dime" to go to FEAT of Louisville.

Charity Module Opens 
Friday, September 18
When you register to run, you can either donate to FEAT of Louisville, join our team, or fundraise for FEAT. If you are already registered to run, you can join us once the module is open.

Back to the FEATure - Totally 80's
Friday, September 25 
Join Us as we are "Dancing in the Streets" "On the Borderline" and "Partying All Night Long." Click here for tickets and event information.     

24-hour, online "Give Day" will support local nonprofit organizations
Thursday, October 1    12:00AM-11:59PM
For more information go to

PARENTS -  There has been a change in the schedule please mark your calendar

Creating Systems and Routines to Simplify Your Home
Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00PM
at Home of the Innocents Open Arms Building on the lower level
Please use meeting date + childcare as your subject title.

Plan for your child's future: ABLE Act, Waiver Update, Special Needs Trusts and Guardianship - hosted by Bluegrass Center for Autism.
Thursday, September 17      6:00PM
Gordon Homes, CFP will be speaking about ensuring your child's future at The Bluegrass Center for Autism's East Campus - 9810 Bluegrass Parkway

- Let's PLAY! Increasing Social Skills at Various Phases of Development
Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00PM
at Home of the Innocents Open Arms Building on the lower level
Please use meeting date + childcare as your subject title.

PARENT MEETING  - Managing Behavior at home and in the community
Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00PM
at Home of the Innocents Open Arms Building on the lower level
Please use meeting date + childcare as your subject title.

Sunday, December 20
Sensory Friendly Christmas Party with Santa for All FEAT Families at KAZOING. More details will be in future newsletters.

We Would Like To Know
We are putting together a great November issue and would like to FEATure you!  Just send a picture or video and your answer to the question,
"What are you thankful for?"

We will FEATure you during the month of November either in our newsletter, on facebook page or on twitter.

Gluten-Free Apple Pie
Autumn is for APPLES! This is a great 
 gluten-free version of an American classic.

  • 2 gluten-free pie crusts for a 9-inch pie plate 
  • 7 cups peeled Grannie Smith apples, sliced 1/4" thick- about 2 1/2 pounds
  • 3/4  - 1 cup sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free sweet rice flour 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cubed butter

Support FEAT of Louisville
We remain dedicated to serving the needs of Kentuckiana's autism community. Our services and outreach activities are possible with the support of generous people such as you.

Make a donation! Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution online today.
Your generosity will help provide education, advocacy, programs and support to families affected by autism.
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Louisville, KY 40206

Deborah Morton, Executive Director