fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
Staff at the FFCNWT are trained and educated to work with children and youth who have FASD. They can also provide guidance and support to caregivers or other people in a youth's support network on how to best support a child or youth with FASD. No matter who you are, please feel free to give us a call or send an email to one of out staff.
How to support friends and family to avoid alcohol while they are pregnant
Check out these posters that provide ideas of what to do with your pregnant friends and family to support them through a healthy pregnancy.
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support your pregnant friends or family.
The 4Y Program
This is a program in Yellowknife that provides one on one support for children and youth who may have or are diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Head to the page below for more information.
The GLOW Program
The GLOW Program, which stands for Gaining Lifeskills Our Way, is a program that runs daily from 9:30 am - 5:15 pm Monday - Friday. It is open to youth who have experience with social services, and it runs in Yellowknife out of the FFCNWT office. Staff in the GLOW program are FASD-informed, and this is a program that is welcoming to youth who may have this disability.
FASD Awareness Day
Every year on September 9, we celebrate the successes of families and individuals who are affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This day is special; it is the 9th day of the 9th month, which celebrates the 9 months that babies spend in their mothers' wombs.
This day exists to increase awareness around FASD in the community. Too many people are unaware of FASD, its prevalence, and the daily challenges that individuals with FASD face. By increasing FASD awareness and education, professionals and community members will have a better understanding of barriers that folks with FASD face, and they can begin to contribute to the removal of these barriers.
We want to promote respect and support in the NWT (and throughout the world!) for people affected by FASD, recognize the importance of FASD prevention and early intervention, and encourage everyone to support pregnant people in having alcohol-free pregnancies for the well-being of future generations.
We also want people to recognize that FASD is a whole body disability that is often invisible and affects the brain, and so individuals with FASD have unique challenges and needs. Knowing about these challenges will help community members make life better for those with FASD.
FASD and Housing in Yellowknife
In February 2020, we conducted a short survey about the needs of housing in Yellowknife for people who have FASD. Check out the report here.