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For more than 20 years, Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT FEAT) has been dedicated to helping people on the autism spectrum reach their potential. This commitment is exemplified in the organization's unique scholarship program supporting professionals studying applied behavior analysis (ABA), the most effective treatment for autism.

During the past decade, CT FEAT's Craemer Shea Memorial Scholarship for Professional Development has awarded more than $80,000. in scholarship money to 41 Connecticut educators, including special education teachers, behavioral therapists, and speech pathologists.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, scholarships were awarded to nine individuals:

Matthew Barrett, a Registered Behavior Technician from Harwinton, CT

Veronica Brown, an ABA instructor from Bridgeport, CT

Victoria Daigle, an Early Intervention Associate from Norwich, CT

Natanielle Hatfield, a Behavior Technician from Mystic, CT

Keisha Powell, a Board-Certified Autism Specialist from South Windsor, CT

Escarlin Ramirez, an Early Intervention Associate from Bridgeport, CT

Jonathan Sanchez, a Registered Behavior Technician from Bristol, CT

John Silveira, a Behavior Technician from Hamden, CT

Amanda Warrek, a Registered Behavior Technician from Branford, CT

The scholarship typically pays $1,000 per semester and students are eligible to reapply for additional funding if they continue their studies. Most recipients have received multiple scholarships and many have completed their professional certifications with CT FEAT's assistance.

Founded in 1997, and led by parent volunteers, CT FEAT is a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality and availability of effective autism treatment. Information about the Professional Scholarship program, and how to apply, can be found here.

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