FEATure Giving Thanks
"We must find time to stop and thank the 
people who make a difference in our lives." - JFK
Thank You For Allowing FEAT To Be A Part Of Your Life
This season we are most thankful for you!

In 1999, FEAT was created for families by families and that remains our foundation today. We strive daily to reach each and every family facing the journey of autism with various programs, scholarships, social outings, workshops, recommendations, suggestions, and advice.  We are thankful for each child, parent, associate, donor, volunteer, and sponsor for allowing us the great privilege of serving this community. While unfortunately, the rate of autism continues to rise, we will always set our sights on tomorrow and how we can best benefit our families.

During this season of thanksgiving, keep a keen eye out for those things that make you most thankful. They often are the simple day to day things we tend to miss, but if we are intentional, will touch our hearts the most. We see the support that we have received from families as tremendous and makes our heart full of thanksgiving. It's usually the huge grin on the face of a child who gets to go to their first baseball game with us or when the feisty boy with the big bright eyes finally learns to swim through the Get Your FEAT Wet swim program and lately, the beautiful girl with the long dark hair who "breaks through" her social barrier and dances on a stage with her peers at the Dreams in Motion summer camp....these are the moments we treasure...these are the moments that leave us speechless...these are the moments we are most thankful for this season.

Thank you for letting us share in these special moments of your lives.
Deborah Morton
Executive Director

"We are grateful to be a part of FEAT." 
- messages from some of our Board members

"I am thankful for FEAT Louisville for a multitude of reasons!  This year we have really broadened the reach of the organization to touch and support many more families in our community.  It's truly an organization that was formed by families for families and it is working to have a positive impact on those dealing with autism across the spectrum.  I am so grateful to be a part of the organization." - H. Pepper

"I am thankful that FEAT of Louisville has been able to maintain focus on the whole family and supporting programs that help keep the family strong in spite of many struggles and stress we face on the autism journey.  Parent support and education, along with sibling and extended family involvement, is really important along with the obvious direct focus on the children that are being blessed.  FEAT understands that it really does take a village to help us all be successful in managing through life with autism." - D. Cosby

"As a board member and the mother of 3 autistic children, I am thankful for the services FEAT of Louisville offers to families. I'm also thankful for the pride I carry with me when I think of FEAT of Louisville and all the volunteerism and community  service this organization is involved in throughout our community. I'm grateful to be a part of FEAT of Louisville." - J. Adams-Tucker

FEATure Thanksgiving
Tips, Resources, Crafts and Recipes 
 to Help Make Your Holiday Special
Enjoying the Holidays
Some tips and resources to help ease stress during the holidays and enjoy this wonderful time of year!

The holidays can be a hectic, stressful time for all families. This time of year can be especially overwhelming for families of individuals with autism. Preparing and planning early for the holidays can help you relieve some of the holiday stress.

For some families affected by autism, flying or driving to visit relatives can become a complicated endeavor. However, with a little planning you can make trips go more smoothly for everyone.
Road Trip       Flying

Thanksgiving, like many holidays, can throw a child with autism into sensory overload.  Visiting relative's homes or having a house full of guests along with the constant activity of the day can be hard on anyone, but for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their parents, stress levels can bring on meltdowns.   READ TIPS

A group of Thanksgiving food and activity pics - CLICK HERE


Thanksgiving Day 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. For more Thanksgiving craft projects click here.

Thankful Garland
Materials Needed:
  • Bright card stock or construction paper
  • String or ribbon
  • Thin tipped marker
  • Scissors
  • Clothes pins

Terracota Pilgrim Hats
Materials Needed:
  • Drinking glass
  • 8 small (2½" or 3" diameter) terra-cotta pots 
  • 2 sheets terra-cotta-colored card stock 
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • 2 sheets black construction paper
  • 2 sheets gold paper
  • Craft glue

GF/CF Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Classic Bread pudding is so easy to make! And adding pumpkin to the simple egg custard gives it that special, sparkly holiday flair.  It makes a perfect  Thanksgiving dessert.  The flavor? Superb!


2 tablespoons Earth Balance stick
4 Udi's Classic Hamburger Buns (10.4 ounces)
6 large free-range organic eggs, beaten
1 14-oz can cooked pumpkin puree 
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon McCormick's Pumpkin Pie Spice 
2 teaspoons good vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Powdered sugar, for dusting

FEATure Upcoming Opportunities
Workshop, Meeting/Training and FEAT Christmas Party

Parent Workshop:  Yes, No or Maybe:Three Possible Responses to Your Child's Tantrum

Saturday, November 7th from 9:00am - 3:30pm
Location: ARGI Financials 
                 2110 High Wickham Place 
                 Louisville, KY 40245

A large part of dealing with problem behavior is learning how to prevent it from occurring in the first place. However, once you're in the moment - what do you do? This workshop will help identify some potential strategies for both before and after problem behavior occurs!
Participants will be able to:
-       Identify the four possible functions of the behavior
-       Distinguish topography from function
-       Identify the role of motivation in behavior
-       Distinguish motivating operations from discriminative stimuli
-       Identify clues about what type of reinforcement history there may be
-       Consider simple ways structure may help prevent problem behavior
-       Understand extinction based on function
-       Draw from reactive strategies based on function
-       Employ three frequently used reactive procedures
-       Consider various common problem behaviors controlled by different types of reinforcement

The workshop will be led by the highly professional team at Verbal Behavior Consulting, Inc.
If you have any questions, please contact us at   support@featoflouisville.org.

CLICK HERE to register! This class will fill quickly, so don't delay. Class fee is $10 per person and morning coffee and lunch is provided. 

Parent Meeting & Training:  Managing Behavior at Home and in the Community
November 11th 7-9pm
Home of the Innocents Campus - Lower Level of the Open Arms Building
Led by students from Spalding University ABA Masters Program, accompanied by their professors

Childcare is provided as long as you RSVP

This is a great opportunity to learn and meet other parents. Plan to attend, this is the third in a series from Spalding and you won't be disappointed!
The meeting will cover:
a.    Explanation/review of a function-based approach to behavior                                        i.     Help you understand why your child is engaging in the behavior.
b.    Provide function-based strategies for preventing problem behaviors
c.    Provide function-based strategies for managing behaviors after they occur

2015 FEAT Christmas Party with Santa

Sunday, December 20th 
beginning at 11:30 a.m.
3600 Chamberlain Ln #218, Louisville, KY 40241
RSVP to support@featoflouisville.org. Specify the time slot from the list below a nd how many children. Siblings are welcome!
There will be visits with Santa, crafts, snacks and of course, a fun time on the bounce houses!
We look forward to seeing you!
Preschool and Younger Children
Elementary Age Children
12:15 - 1:00
12 and up
1:00 - 1:45

When you arrive at KaZoing!, you will be asked to sign a waiver for KaZoing! and a photo release for FEAT. Pictures will be used for print materials, social media & newsletters.

Below are pictures from last year's party. 

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

Become Part of Team FEAT
FEAT is proud to be an Official Charity of the Kentucky Derby Marathon/miniMarathon

The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon  has grown from a small local road race into the largest day of road racing in Kentucky history. Runners from all 50 states and several foreign countries annually complete the scenic 13.1- and 26.2-mile courses that start and finish in downtown Louisville. Now in its 43rd year, the miniMarathon attracts more than 12,000 entrants each year and is ranked among the nation's top 100 races by USA Track and Field. In 2016, the race will be capped at 18,000  entrants. 

We would like to have  265+
people on TEAM FEAT participating in the 2016 KDF Marathon and miniMarathon...that's a ratio of 1 in 68 participants raising awareness for autism! 

How can you be part of TEAM FEAT? Each team member will receive a TEAM FEAT Wicking, Low Profile Running Cap.
  1. Register to run either the Marathon or miniMarathon and make a donation of $50+ to FEAT of Louisville.(this is opportunity is on page 4 of your registration.)
  2. Register to run either the Marathon or miniMarathon and "become a fundraiser." You will receive your own website page to raise funds for FEAT.  (this is opportunity is on page 4 of your registration.)
  3. Sign-up to volunteer at our tent during package pick-up or with our volunteer team the day of the race. CLICK HERE to sign up to be a volunteer. Please use KDF Volunteer in the subject.
Other incentives for runners will be announced in Decembers newsletter! 

Kroger Community Rewards

Did you know you can support nonprofit organizations in your community just by shopping at Kroger? It's easy when you enroll in Kroger Community Rewards®!

Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. The program was designed to make your fundraising the easiest in town...all you have to do is shop at Kroger, register FEAT of Louisville as your preferred charity and swipe your Plus Card when shopping!

Amazon Smile lets you support FEAT while you sit back, avoid the crowd and enjoy holiday shopping in your PJs!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support FEAT of  Louisville  every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at  smile.amazon.com , you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to FEAT. 

On your first visit to AmazonSmile ( smile.amazon.com ), select FEAT of Louisville as your preferred charity to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon Smile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at  smile.amazon.com  will result in a donation.

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


FEAT of Louisville is an Official Charity of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/MiniMarathon 
Register Now! Registration Fee Goes Up on Oct. 31!
Race Day: Saturday, April 30, 2016
When you register to run, you can either donate to FEAT of Louisville or fundraise for FEAT. If you are already registered to run, scroll further down this newsletter and it will tell you how to donate or "become a fundraiser."

Registration Opens: January 1, 2016 
Race Day: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Join us to run, walk and spread awareness at FEAT's 11th Annual Outrunning Autism 5K. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor this event or become a volunteer, please contact us at support@featoflouisville.org.

"A Year With Frog And Toad"
Saturday, December 12 at 2:00PM
Accommodations during these performances include keeping the theatre lights dimmed, providing extra space between patrons, freedom to vocalize and move/switch seats, and allowing patrons to exit and enter during the performance.


- Yes, No or Maybe: Three Possible Answers to Your Child's Tantrum 
Saturday, November 7       9:00AM-3:30PM
at ARGI Financials,  2110 High Wickham Place,  Louisville, KY 40245
Last day to register NOVEMBER 1, 2016 -  REGISTER NOW

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.

alreadyregisteredFirst goto the KDF.com website and click the register button on marathon pull down menu

Click Donate

Enter your desired donation amount

FEAT of Louisville as your charity.

Email us your name and race registration to support@featoflouisville.org

Use subject "I am joining TEAM FEAT!"


Type in your name

Click "More Details" & enter your password

Enter yourself as a fundraiser for FEAT and create your own fundraising website. Save changes.

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