What is FASD?
FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. It is a medical diagnosis that refers to the “lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges and will need special supports to help them succeed with many different parts of their daily lives” throughout their lifespan. These could include challenges with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, emotional regulation, and social skills. It is estimated that 4% of Canadians are believed to have FASD (CanFASD, 2021).
FASD Coordinators provide support for families and individuals who have a diagnosis of FASD (or possible FASD). We provide services to children, youth and families up to the age of 18, or 21 and still attending school. Families must reside in Dufferin, Wellington or Guelph region to be eligible for service. Referrals can be submitted by the individual, family/ caregiver / guardian or community professional.
FASD Coordinators provide FASD expertise, consultation and navigation of services for families and individuals. By offering resources and education to families, community partners and professionals, FASD Coordinators help to increase awareness, build capacity and further our understanding of FASD.