F. E.A.T. - Chattanooga

PO Box 23731, Chattanooga, TN  37422
(423) 296-0092
Volume III, Issue 4  June 2002

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


Upcoming Meetings

July 9, 2002 - Family Day
Coolidge Park Picnic Tables:  Bring your own dinner. 
See details in this newsletter

August 13, 2002 - 
Topic: Discuss Board Member Nominations,
         Elections and Goals for upcoming year.


June 2002 -- Page 2

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A Day Camp for  Differently-Abled Kids
And Their Siblings At the Chattanooga Zoo
at Warner Park
For day campers ages 7-12
Camp dates: July 1 -July 3
Cost: $30.00/family (zoo members)
$40.00/family (non members)
The camp is open to children 7-12 with disabilities
(and also to their siblings age 7-12).

For info, call Rachel Sadowitz
2502 Arbor Mist Trail
Hixson, TN  37343



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



Autism Awareness Pins

By popular demand, we have ordered more
Cloisonne style autism awareness lapel pins. 
We asked for the deluxe clasp backing.
Those pins are a little more expensive but
we still hope to keep the cost of each pin low. 
They should be delivered within 7-8 weeks.


PENNSTATE Study on Eating Behaviors of Children With and Without Autism

Two doctors at PennState in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania are conducting a study to explore the different types of foods that children with and without autism typically eat.  There are three forms to complete which take about 30 minutes total.  All responses are confidential and no names or addresses are included in the study.  If you would like to participate in this study and did not attend the May membership meeting, F.E.A.T. - Chattanooga can mail you a copy of the questionnaire.  Please contact us a featchatt@aol.com or 296-0092.

July Family Meeting at Coolidge Park

WHEN:   Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE: Coolidge Park - Outdoor Picnic Tables
         near the Carousel, downtown Chattanooga
WHAT:   Family gathering, Bring your own dinner
        (since our kids have different needs, likes
         and dislikes when it comes to food)
       -2 Free rides on the carousel for the kids
        (provided by FEAT Chattanooga)
       -Don't forget to bring appropriate clothing to
        play in the fountains!


Free I.D.E.A. Workshops!!!

STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents), a federally funded program that provides information, training and support to parents of children in special education, will be providing the following workshops regarding IDEA and the development of your child's IEP sponsored by FEAT of Chattanooga. 
     August 29, 2002  Basic Rights Workshop  6 pm - 9 pm Location: To Be Announced Call 1-800-280-7837 or 296-0092 to register
     September 19, 2002 IEP Workshop (must have attended a Basic Rights workshop)  6 pm - 9 pm Location: To Be Announced Call 1-800-280-7837 or 296-0092 to register
     October 24, 2002 Follow-up Workshop
(for those who have questions and want to spend more time on  individual IEP's.  Bring your copy of IDEA provided in the Basic Rights workshop) 6 pm - 9 pm Location: To Be Announced Call 1-800-280-7837 or 296-0092 to register
      Other upcoming local workshops available from STEP:
BASIC Rights:  July 9th, 6-9 pm.  Parkridge Hospital Private Dining Room.  Call 1-800-280-STEP to register.



Autism Awareness Month

April was a successful month for F.E.A.T. - Chattanooga
in regards to promoting Autism Awareness in Chattanooga.  Our efforts included billboards throughout the community,
TV interviews on WTVC-NewsChannel9 and  WDEFNEWS12.  Mayor Bob Corker signed a proclamation proclaiming April
as 'Autism Awareness Month' in Chattanooga.

Outback Steakhouse Luncheon

April 27th was a great day in the Outback for more than 120 people that care about children with Autism and their families.  Many, many thanks to Matt Robinson and the staff at Outback Steakhouse for hosting the fourth 'Lunch in the Outback' to benefit F.E.A.T. - Chattanooga. 
A big thank you to our sponsors ROCK-TENN Company, Timothy P. Davis, M.D., CPH Pension Administrators, Inc., and Sunrise Food Distributors.  Also thank you to the Chattanoogan.com for their Public Service Announcement support and everyone that sold or bought tickets to the Luncheon.  This year's total surpassed $2,000!


Dr. Susan Speraw

During the May FEAT meeting, Dr. Susan Speraw shared some exciting news and was able to see some old friends.  Dr. Speraw has developed a study, "Living with Autism: A Family Perspective". 

The primary purpose of the study is to explore and describe the lived experience of families who have a member diagnosed with an autism-spectrum disorder.  A secondary purpose is to disseminate this information to health professionals and educators through publication of the findings in professional journals. 

At the time of this newsletter, this study was awaiting Institutional Review Board Approval.  As soon as approval is granted, Dr. Speraw will contact FEAT and other autism support groups for membership participation in this worthwhile effort.


Speakers Conference
Next Fall or Spring Your Input Needed

As a way of celebrating five years of FEAT-Chattanooga,
and as a service to our members and the community, we
are exploring the options of bringing well-known speakers to Chattanooga this Fall or next Spring.

Sheila Wagner, M.Ed., a well-known, well-respected
autism researcher from Emory University has provided
FEAT-Chattanooga a list of topics that she could speak
about and the topics are listed below.  Please email, call
or mail FEAT Chattanooga with your top five topics (in order) that you would like to hear Ms. Wagner speak about.  Your vote will matter.

  1. Characteristics of autism/Asperger's Disorder
  2. Behavior modification
  3. Inclusion programming
  4. Teaching strategies
  5. Social Skills training
  6. Peer Programming
  7. Student Assessment
  8. School/home collaboration


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