Through a monthly gathering led by peer-facilitators, caregivers have the opportunity to come together physically and virtually while having their children supervised by a licensed DSW. Through this networking opportunity, caregivers and support workers share the successes and challenges caregivers are facing today. Possible solutions are discussed through lived experiences and research. Caregivers also get to participate live in our nationally-recognized and locally broadcasted Speaker Series which features various experts on aspects of FASD. Through a private Facebook page, caregivers are also able to reach out and connect at any time. Financial support for online and traditional caregiver training is also given to any member including Foundations in FASD and Mental Health First Aid.
Through multiple volunteers and community partners, family respite is given during high stress times. Respite is also provided through multiple events and programming throughout the year.
Child Care and Recreation
Through engaging and family-based community events such as overnight camping, going to hockey games, BBQ’s and pool parties, charity softball games and visits from Santa Claus, we understand the importance of having fun through recreation. We also provide day child care with FASD informed support workers.
Emergency Financial Aid
When in a crisis situation, individuals with FASD need help today. With our highly efficient organizational structure, we deliver needed resources within hours after a request. If the initial request represents a known service gap, we also provide bridge financial aid.
Public Education & Training
FASD remains a greatly misunderstood neurodisability but with FASD informed individuals and service providers, positive life outcomes can be achieved. We know public education and training is the first step toward life success for individuals and society acceptance. The rapid growth of our organization is directly connected to the 100+ workshops and thousands of participants we have trained. We continue to provide this education and training through our virtual monthly speaker series which is currently connecting FASD Coordinators, Provincial Organizations, Caregivers and MPP’s. Our speaker series is also broadcasted on Cogeco TV as part of their regular programming and the only regular show in North America focusing on people with FASD. Finally, we have hosted the only two FASD Awareness Days at Queen’s Park in 2019 and 2020 using Voice First presentations.
With our grass-roots structure, we are not only aware of what local and provincial services are available to people with FASD but the gaps as well. Because most of our members are individuals with FASD and their caregivers, we also have first-hand knowledge of service provider programming. Our FASD Coordinators also participate in all networking events and through this collaboration, families and individuals rapidly receive the support they need.