FEATure Spring
FEAT is Hopping & Hooping into Spring
EGG-citing Easter EGG-stravaganza!
Saturday, March 26th  10am - 12:00pm
at Home of the Innocents 

Hippty-Hoppity FEAT's Easter EGG-stravaganza is on it's way.  Come join us for our annual egg hunt and meet Peter Cottontail. Bring your camera & Easter basket for a day of fun.

So much more than an egg hunt, FEAT's Easter EGG-stravaganza is an opportunity to  connect families  with resources within the Southern Indiana and Louisville metro community. It is also a chance for us to positively connect with one another!

Please pre-register your family. If you were at our event last year, we served approximately 100 hunters and their families.  Pre-registering helps us plan how many eggs and refreshments we will need.

Easter Chicks - Arts & Crafts
Art is an expression of creative skill and imagination and can take many forms. Participating in art projects often opens the door for communication that may otherwise be difficult for an individual on the autism spectrum to express.

Materials:
Plastic Spoons
Sandpaper
Acrylic Paint
Small Terracotta Pots
Floral Foam
Ribbon
Glue                                          Click Here for Instructions

FEAT of Louisville Hits the Court

We made it into Round 2 at  Brackets for Good Louisville presented by Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. Brackets for Good hosts single-elimination, competitive fundraising tournaments for non-profit organizations. THE WINNING NON-PROFIT RECEIVES $10,000!

Now, instead of scoring baskets, in the Brackets for Good tournament points are scored by donating online at  louisville.bfg.org/matches/698 ($1=1 point). Also, instead of 40 minute games, the Bracket for Good rounds are up to a week long. 

 
FEAT needs your support and every little bit helps! Whether you can donate $1 or $1000, every donation helps FEAT to expand & develop local programs for children with autism and their families. 

Be our MVP and score points to put us in a position to win the $10,000! 
Round 2 ends Friday, March 11 at 7:59PM. 

FEATure  Opportunities
Provided by FEAT

PARENT MEETING: Pediatric Chiropractic: ASD Early Intervention
Kentuckiana Children's Center - Dr. Eric Epstein

THURSDAY, MARCH 10th 7:00-9:00PM 
Home of the Innocents Lower Level of the Open Arms Building 

Kentuckian Children's Center strive to improve the lives of children by [providing a foundation for healing through integrative chiropractic care.
Points to be discussed:
* The benefits of chiropractic care: treats spine, removes communication interference and a compliment to other treatments
* Importance of Biomedical testing
* Visual early intervention treatment comparison
* Brief discussion about inflammation, diet and nutritional supplementation

RSVP at support@featoflousiville.org Childcare provided by request

You Got A Friend In Me! 

We are excited to share another Best Buddies Opportunity with you! Best Buddies, FEAT of Louisville and Spalding University have teamed up for an exciting year of friendship! If you have a young adult 18 years old and up, we would love to have you part of our group.

There will be a short parent Q&A session at the next FEAT Parent meeting on Thursday, March 10th at 7pm on the campus of the Home of the Innocents in the Open Arms Building on the lower level. Come and hear more about the program and bring your questions. Then you are welcome to stay for our regularly scheduled parent meeting. (This month we will hear from Kentuckiana Children's Center)

If you already know that this is the place for your young adult, then head on over to  Best Buddies Online and fill out an application for your young adult.

FEAT has worked with Best Buddies of Kentucky in a partnership with Trinity High School since January 2015 and the experience has been amazing to say the least! 

We hope to see you at the Best Buddies Q&A on March 10th.

Get Your FEAT Wet - Specialized Swim Lessons 


Spring Break & Summer are right around the corner. Start your child swimming today.

Swimming provides invaluable therapy for children with autism, as well as providing a social outlet for them. Swimming can help an autistic child improve their speech, coordination, social skills, self-esteem, and cognitive processing.

FEAT partners with All About Kids to offer a specialized swim program for children with autism and
 is offing a special discount to all new enrollments. This discount has been extended the deadline to 3/28/2016.

Limited space available so register today by calling AAK at 502-809-1386



ACE It For Autism

Children ages 7 to 18 years with an autism spectrum disorder can have fun learning tennis at the UofL Bass Rudd Tennis Center, thanks to the partnership between FEAT and Bass-Rudd.

Ace It For Autism Tennis will be held Tuesdays from 12:30-2 p.m., beginning June 14. Cost to participate in the six-week session is a special price of $40. 

Information and to register, go to www.featoflouisville.org

ACE It for Autism uses tennis as a way to enhance health and fitness, hand-eye coordination, and motor development, and to improve the social skills of children with autism - and for children to have fun in the process. 

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

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




FEAT of Louisville's Outrunning Autism 5K & Fun Run is proud and honored to welcome
Churchill Downs, Inc. as our presenting sponsor for the 2016 race.  Executive Director, Deborah Morton, said she was delighted that Churchill Downs,Inc had agreed to team up with FEAT.

"We are so excited about this incredible partnership for the 2016 Outrunning Autism 5K, it clearly reflects the growth of this event. Churchill Downs is such an integral part of our community and to have their support in raising autism awareness is huge! We anticipate record numbers in attendance and are finalizing the details of the race which will offer something for everyone."

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! 


If you would like to become a sponsor, participate or volunteer for the 11th Annual Outrunning Autism 5K please contact:  feat5K@featoflouisville.org
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/minMarathon 

FEAT of Louisville has been chosen to be an official charity of the 2016 Kentucky Deerby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon. If you planned on runnig the event, but hav enot signed up yet. it is your lucky day. KDF is offering $10 off registration fees if you run for a charity, such as FEAT. Just use code RUN4CHARITY when checking out. This code expires on Tuesday, March 8 so do not wait!
FEATure Autism Awareness
Autism-Friendly Events in Louisville
Autism  Awareness Month!
Here are just the some of the things that will be going on in Louisville in honor of our children, siblings, neighbors, friends, etc.

APRIL 1: FEAT of LOUISVILLE DAY
In 2012, Mayor Greg Fischer proclaimed April 1 to be FEAT day. If you have been to one of our programs, parent meetings, 5K's, etc. Post a picture of whom you are honoring this month. #FEATHONOREE

APRIL 2: WORLD AUTISM AWARENSS DAY: 
In celebration, LIGHT your social media BLUE. Post a picture of whom you love.

APRIL 3: FEAT of LOUISVILLE DAY at the KENTUCKY SCIENCE CENTER 
from 5-8:00PM
FEAT and the KY Science Center are offering a  private experience of the after hours family  science  night for all FEAT families. The admission is $5 per person, but.... FEAT is going one step further and making this a BOGO night too. Yes, you buy one admission & FEAT will get one more admission for your family. 

APRIL 7: HOUSE of BOOM - Special Needs Jump Night 5:00PM-7:00PM
Exclusive JumpTime for SpecialNeeds Jumpers and their families!! $5per person, per hour.

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 Volunteers
"Would you help?"

We Make a Living by What We Make. 
We Make a Life by What We Give. - Winston Churchill 

We're just like you. We're moms, dads, grandparents, students...you name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to change. And the more volunteers we have, the bigger impact we can all make together. 

If your days are somewhat flexible and you have a bit of time to give, we would love to have you. Please take a moment to look over our many opportunities for you to volunteer.

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon
email support@featoflouisville.org if interested
* Thurs., April 28 4-6PM Working the FEAT booth during package pickup
* Thurs., April 28 6-8PM Working the FEAT booth during package pickup
* Friday, April 29 11AM-1PM Working the FEAT booth during package pickup
* Friday, April 29 1-3PM Working the FEAT booth during package pickup
* Friday, April 29 3-5PM Working the FEAT booth during package pickup
* Friday, April 29 5-7PM Working the FEAT booth during package pickup
* Friday, April 29 7-9PM Working the FEAT booth during package pickup
* Saturday, April 30 7-10:30AM Race Day Water Stop

Outrunning Autism 5K & Walk - go to www.feat5K.com to volunteer
* Saturday, June 4   6AM-11AM Various jobs 

Create A Stir About Autism
email support@featoflouisville.org if interested
* Requesting donations for auction from businesses - phone calls, mailing letters, online requests - 1 to 2 hours a week
* Saturday, September 10 5:30PM - 12AM  Working the night of the event

Ironman IronKIDS
email support@featoflouisville.org if interested
*7:30AM-11AM Helping set up, with registrations, the race and handing out medals


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

COMMUNITY

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL MARATHON/miniMARATHON
Register Today
Race Day: Saturday, April 30, 2016
When you register to run,  join our team by making a donation to FEAT or fundraising for FEAT. If you are already registered to run, contact us and we can show you how to go back and JOIN TEAM FEAT.


2016 OUTRUNNING AUTISM 5K & FUN WALK
REGISTER NOW for early bird specials
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


REV 'N ROLL FOR AUTISM
Saturday, June 11
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.
Watch Rev 'N Roll for Autism Facebook page for more information.


US Autism & Aspergers Association World Conference
August 18- 20    7:00AM-5:30PM  at Hyatt Regency
REGISTER NOW for early bird specials
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 

PARENT MEETING
Pediatric Chiropractic: ASD Early Intervention
Kentucky Children's Center
Thursday, March  10  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.


NO LIMITS FAMILY CAMP - CRAZY WEATHER
Saturday, March 19 at 8:30AM  at Kentucky Science Center
Why is the weather in March so crazy? Search for the secrets behind all types of weather. You will get to make and take home your own cloud.
Recommended for pre-K - 5th   
Member: $7 for 1 child & 1 adult    Non-Member: $10 for 1 child & 1 adult
Call  to reserve your spot 502-561-6100


SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Saturday, March 26, 11:00AM at StageOne
For more information, visit www.stageone.org or 502-498-2436


FEAT of LOUISVILLE ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10:00AM 
on the campus of the Home of the Innocents in the Big Back Yard. 
RSVP for the number of children attending

APRIL 
AUTISM AWARENESS DATES Cont.
  APRIL 13: FEAT PARENT MEETING
Preparing Young Adults for Independent Living
presented by TheraPlace

APRIL 16: NO LIMIT SCIENCE: WATERCOLOR
8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. Ages: Pre-K - 5th Grade
Cost: Members -$7 for 1 child & 1 adult, $3 for additional child & adult
Non-Member-  $10 for 1 child & 1 adult, $5 for additional child & adult
No Limits Family Camps offer interactive and hands-on exploration for families who have children with special needs. No matter what the special need, there are no limitations when you are doing science! Each No Limitations Family Camp includes a take home element and a supplemental activity card for continued learning

APRIL 17: FEAT of LOUISVILLE DAY at THE BATS
Keep a look out for an email on how you can receive FREE tickets

APRIL 28-30: KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL MARATHON/miniMARATHON
FEAT will be spreading the word about awareness & acceptance as we #RUN4AUTISM

We will be posting more dates on our Facebook & Twitter pages. 
Join Us and stay connected!

"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.

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


Deborah Morton, Executive Director