March 12, 2001 -
Guest Speaker: Teresa Bruns,
Camp" and plans
for this summer's camp.
April 9, 2001 -
Guest Speaker: To Be Announced
Reed Martin, Esq.
Guest Speaker for
Chattanooga Area Parent Meeting
You are hereby invited to attend a meeting for parents of children with disabilities
on Sunday, March 17, 2002 from 2-4 pm at Siskin Children's Institute. This
meeting is supported by various local disabilities groups, including FEAT-Chattanooga.
Half of the program will be devoted to the topic of Advocacy and IEPs, and
the other half will be devoted to discussing ways a group like this can work
together to benefit all of our children.
The organizers of this meeting were able to secure an outstanding speaker--REED
MARTIN. Reed Martin is one of the two most well-known special education attorneys
in the entire country. (www.reedmartin.com) He will attend via a special one
hour e-video conference. He will speak for half an hour, and then answer questions
which will be submitted ahead of time. The meeting will be free of charge.
The organizers would like those parents who plan on attending, to submit any
questions you would like to ask Mr. Martin as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don't have internet access, please call the FEAT line at 296-0092 with
your question and FEAT will email your question for you.
This Mass Parent Group meeting is designed for anyone and everyone from all
of the disability related support groups in town, in an effort to put together
a LINKs parent group to share resources between the different groups and maybe
do some joint projects (some of the things people have expressed an interest
in are social activities for young adults, and possible housing options).
We hope to see you there.
Autism Awareness Month
April is National Autism Awareness Month. FEAT-Chattanooga will be promoting
Autism Awareness Month this year through possible television interviews, billboards,
and radio advertising. In addition, our organization will mail to doctors,
child care providers and local business leaders regarding our organization
and what we do to help families with autistic children.
FEAT-Chattanooga still has a few 'Autism Awareness' pins available for you
to wear throughout the month of April. They will be available at the next
FEAT meeting at a low cost of $5.00 each for FEAT members.
There will be plenty to do to prepare for April so please attend our March
meeting to find out what you can do to help.
More March News
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What is an IEP? What is the IDEA?
What is ESY services?
will answer your
and many more.
A free Basic Rights Workshop, provided by STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional
Parents) will be held on Tuesday March 26, 2002 from 6pm to 9pm. This workshop
is designed for parents of children receiving special education, and parents
of children who might need special education, from birth to 22 years of age.
If you have previously attended a Basic Law Workshop, you may want to attend
this one, as it will cover the recent IDEA and Tennessee regulations. You
will receive a copy of the new IDEA regulations, the 1997 IDEA Amendments,
and information on new components of the law. Come and learn about Special
Education rights so that you can be an informed, prepared participant in the
development of your child's IEP.
Tuesday, March 26, 2001
Basic Rights Workshop
(sponsored by FEAT-Chattanooga)
6 pm - 9 pm
Marriott Courtyard, Hamilton Place Mall area
Conference Room A
Call 1-800-280-STEP or 296-0092 to register
Directions: I-75 to Shallowford Road Exit #5, go East on Shallowford Road
(toward the mall), Turn Right onto Hamilton Place Boulevard. Turn Right onto
Bams Drive. Hotel is on the left. All materials used at the workshop
are free to parents of children with disabilities. Space is limited so call
now! Childcare will not be available for this workshop.