Launched in 2012 by Seahawks GM John Schneider, wife Traci, and the Seattle Seahawks Women’s Association, and in partnership with Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington, Ben’s Fund provides grants to families in order to help cover costs associated with medical bills, therapies and numerous other aspects of supporting a child, or children, on the autism spectrum.

“We understand this need and the struggles families face first-hand as one of our children was diagnosed with autism seven years ago,” said Seahawks GM John Schneider.  “We are thrilled that FEAT is partnering with us to make “Ben’s Fund” a reality.” 

The intent of establishing “Ben’s Fund” at FEAT of Washington is twofold:  to not only provide grants to families to help them obtain services for their children on the spectrum, but also to drive families to FEAT so they will be connected to a larger community to receive ongoing guidance and assistance as they continue their journey with autism.

The mission of Ben’s Fund is to provide grant opportunities to families in Washington State who need financial assistance with services specifically related to Autism Spectrum Disorder treatments. From therapies to equipment, we want to help support our local families ease some of the financial strain associated with ASD.

For a child like Charlotte with especially challenging behavior, it is heartbreaking to see her isolated from society; many programs will not accept a child like her. The Summer Intervention Program not only accepted her but welcomed and provided her with the additional one on one support. We are tremendously grateful for the Ben’s Fund grant and the amazing difference it has made in the life of our eight year old daughter.
— Ben's Fund grant recipient