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PO Box 23731, Chattanooga, TN 37422
(423) 296-0092
Volume III, Issue 2
March 2002

opinions expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of FEAT-Chattanooga

Upcoming Meetings

March 12, 2001 -
  Guest Speaker:
Teresa Bruns,
                 Occupational Therapist

Last Summer's successful
            "Senseational 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. ( 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 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.


Meeting Time and Place
Second Tuesday of Each Month
6:30 pm Room 140
Massoud Pediatric Building
T. C. Thompson Children's Hospital




          FEAT Family Holiday Party

  Thanks to everyone who attended the FEAT
Holiday Party in December.   It was a huge
success. Special thanks to the Dupree Family
and the Patterson family for their hard work
and also to Bayside Baptist Church for providing
their facilities.

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

                  On Page 2


      What is an IEP? What is the IDEA?
                   What is ESY services?
         This Workshop will answer your           
                  questions  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.

Special Clothing

Adrian's Closet is a nonprofit catalogue clothing company that carries clothes designed for individuals with physical disabilities to assist in dressing. 800-831-2577