April 19, 2014  

Families for Early Autism Treatment
FEAT is a non-profit organization of parents, family members, and treatment professionals dedicated to
providing best outcome Education, Advocacy and Support for the Northern California Autism Community

The FEAT Values
  • We believe children have a right to receive scientifically proven, best outcome treatment.
  • We know that every child benefits from receiving scientifically proven, best outcome treatment.
  • We believe that all individuals with autism have the right to opportunities to meet their full, unique potential.
  • We believe that society significantly benefits when individuals with autism are given the opportunity to reach their full, unique potential.
  • “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say "It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem." Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” — Fred Rogers

    While Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong condition in which the needs of your child will change over time, there is hope for your child to live a fulfilled life with the support and company of loved ones. Since 1993, FEAT families and supporters have worked hard to improve treatment resources and advocacy services; and effect changes in the minds of those who make program decisions for individuals with autism and their families.

    Begin your journey with us resolved to be an autism treatment champion. Have confidence that through your commitment and hard work your family will successfully meet the challenges that a life including autism brings. Show through example how highest quality treatment profoundly improves the life of the individual with autism, their entire family and the community."
    Pool Party 2013 Minimize
    FEAT's Annual Pool Party
    Saturday, August  24th 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Antelope Aquatics Complex
    8012 Palmerson Drive, Antelope 95843
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    June/July 2013
    Order FEAT's Most Requested Resource: Updated/Expanded Parent Resource Book!

    FEATSAC@groups.facebook.com “Join the effective treatment and quality living discussion at FEAT’s Facebook page. It is open to everyone.”

    FEAT Document Library
    The FEAT Document Library has new postings regularly. Information about treatment, advocacy and research is catalogued for your reference.

    CDC Report, Autism Prevalence 1 in 88, 3-30-2012
    CDC reports continuing increase in ASD prevalence of 1 in 88. 1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls. March 30,2012

    CDCAN Disability Rights Report
    Both the California Assembly and Senate pass behavioral healthcare legislation for individuals with Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

    Senate Bill 946, signed 10-9-2011

    Health care coverage: mental illness, pervasive developmental disorder or autism: public health…managed health care plans, Senate Bill 946, signed 10-9-2011

    Annual State Application Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012
    The Department of Developmental Services is holding hearings to receive public comment on their “Annual Part C Grant Application, Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities.” Public comment will be taken starting February 15th until March 16th. The hearings are on Thursday March 1st and Wednesday March 7th, from 10:00am until 1:00pm at DDS headquarters, in Room 360 of 1600 9th St., Sacramento, CA. A toll-free line is also available at 1-866-820-6817, passcode 8064905.

    United State Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSEP 11-07)
    A Response to Intervention (RTI) process cannot be used to delay-deny an evaluation for Eligibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)


    Accessing Health Insurance Maximize
    AB 3632 Maximize
    Autism Champions Minimize
    Be an autism treatment champion. Show through example how highest quality treatment profoundly improves the life of the individual with autism, their entire family and the community.
    Family Resource Meeting Minimize
    There will not be a Family Resource Meeting in July.
    FEAT Family Resource Meeting Minimize

    Sacramento Asperger Syndrome Information & Support (Sac AS IS)

    Six groups meet on the second Tuesday of each month, from 7 - 9 PM at the MIND Institute:

    • Parents & Caregivers Support Group
    • Parenting Skills Training
    • ASD Adult Support Group (ages 18 & older)
    • ASD Social Learning Coaching Group (ages 16 & older)
    • ASD Job & Networking Club (ages 18 & older)
    • Women Partners of Men with AS
    For more information, please go to the Sac AS IS website: www.sacramentoasis.com
    Alta California Regional Center Service Standard
    Vendorization Expectations and Requirements
    Early Autism Treatment
    Vendored Under Service Code 048

    Important Information for Family
    Intended changes to Alta service standards for autism treatment programs
    Alta California Regional Center (ACRC) issued new “Vendorization Expectations and Requirements- for Early Autism Treatment” (vendor code 48) to vendors on 3/9/12, to take effect on April 1. Meetings for parents/caregivers are being held on March 27 to explain these changes.

    Parent information sessions regarding ACRA's new Behavior Services Standards Please attend if you receive one of the following services...

    Programs Threatened By Budget Cuts Minimize
    MediCal cuts at dangerous level, elimination of IHSS services for most people with autism, MR and seniors, mental health services eliminated from IEP, and the termination of the Lanterman Act through the Regional Centers will all begin July 1st, 2011 if the proposed budget is implemented.
  • Elimination of Many Essential Services for Persons with Disabilities

  • Parent Letter to Senate About Necessity of Services to People with Autism, A Personal Story
    California Immunization Waiver Form For Public Schools Minimize
    Parents have the right in California to vaccinate their children or to sign a waiver form for medical or philosophical exemption for admittance to CA public schools.
  • California Immunization Waiver Form For Public Schools

  • Philosophical Exemption for Dtap Vaccination for CA Public Schools

  • Law for private and public school students as amended 2011
    The Lanterman Act and Federal education code announcements Minimize
    The information and resources on the Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) Website, ListServ, and/or other Servers and Systems (The Sites) are for educational and informational purposes only. Information provided through The Sites should not be used as a substitute for care by a qualified Developmental Pediatrician, Pediatric Neurologist, Behavioral Psychologist, Behavior Analyst, Speech and Language Pathologist, Attorney, or other appropriate professional.

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