FEAT was funded in 2010 and 2011 through the Kansas Division of Health Care Finance using Medicaid Infrastructure Grant monies . The FEAT curriculum was developed over the course of the first year. The first pilot training was held in June, with five subsequent trainings hosted in 2010 and co-conducted by the Beach Center on Disability and Families Together, Inc.
Similarly, in 2011, the Beach Center on Disability piloted a revised FEAT in March. The revised FEAT resulted in a two-part training that was implemented across two days and included employees, employers, and entrepreneurs in their local community as well as representatives from agencies and information organizations offering employment-related resources in their region.
At each FEAT event, participants were asked to provide feedback on the training content and format. Participant responses were incorporated into training revisions throughout the course of the year, resulting in a final training product that was driven by the participants.