Thursday, June 14, 2007

Serving our Community... with LouFEAT

In recent months, Saint Matthew Orthodox Church has provided administrative support and served as host for several gatherings of LouFEAT, Louisiana Families for Effective Autism Treatment.

This organization is committed to providing educational opportunities for educators and parents of children and adults with autism. They are firmly committed to methods demonstrated to be effective for teaching persons with autism based on peer-reviewed research, specifically those based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis on Verbal Behavior.

As Orthodox Christians, we believe that all things in this life - our joys, sorrows, victories, and defeats - are given to us that through them we may work out our salvation. Learning to love, accept, nurture, and teach children with profound developmental disabilities can be a fearful and daunting task. But through such works of mercy, we grow in our love of God and neighbor, reflecting the Light that is Christ Jesus.

If you would like more information about LouFEAT, you may contact them by email at Tax-deductible contributions to their work may be made by check to Saint Matthew Orthodox Church, with "autism ministry" indicated on the memo line.

Please remember LouFEAT in your prayers.