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Photo made and donated by Samuel Nothstine
Photo made and donated by Samuel Nothstine

Community Education and Outreach

Education

The Alaska Center for FASD Board of Directors has a wide range of expertise and offers clinical and community presentations, other types of training, and movie events with self-advocate panelists. We strongly believe that those who are impacted by FASD themselves are the best teachers about FASD and we try to include self-advocate wisdom and participation in all our presentations.

We have provided presentations to pediatricians, family medicine providers, nurses, psychology residents, substance abuse treatment professionals, behavioral health staff, direct service & developmental disability workers, teachers and teacher aides, LEND fellows (UAA-CHD Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program), nurse practitioner, speech language and occupational therapy students, State of Alaska public defenders, the Office of Public Advocacy (GALs and CASAs), and others.  Contact us if you would like us to do a presentation or training for your organizations.

Outreach

We have enjoyed participating in and sharing our booth at a variety of conferences, health fairs, AFN, and other public events.  We have also sponsored movie events and use the NTI Upstream movie, Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up with FASD as a teaching tool and conversation starter.  The documentary movie profiles three adoptive families who are raising teens who experience FASD. The movie provides great information about the brain-based reasons for behaviors we see, shows the wide range of impact along the spectrum of FASD, gives examples of strategies families are using to support their kids, and shares heartfelt stories about how families find strength to carry on.   If you are interested in having us at your event or would like to have a movie event (virtual is possible) please contact us.

Support

The Alaska Center for FASD is currently offering two support groups that meet simultaneously for teens (13 to 24 years old) and their parents or caregivers. The support groups meet monthly during the school year and are facilitated by Center board members. In order to participate, teens must know that they have an FASD, have the ability to self-regulate in a group, and be interested in meeting other teens with FASD.  For more information and inquiries about participation, please contact us.

We are in the planning stage to begin a support group for adults with FASD. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.