FASD Communities is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing supportive housing, vocational opportunities and life skills to young adults across the U.S. affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Our team of volunteers has unparalleled expertise in education, business, finance, communications and healthcare—but our real credentials are as parents or close friends of this population. After years of safety and stability at home, we have watched too many of our children end up on the streets, chronically unemployed, in trouble with the law and victimized as they struggle in their transition to adulthood.
We can no longer standby while they drown in endless crises. By developing a core infrastructure of living, learning and social supports, we can extend the safety net. We can reduce the emotional and economic consequences of this disorder, build on existing research and guide those living with FASD toward successful and sustainable lives.
- Provide models of housing communities supported by research and best practices to promote independence and ensure better and safer young adult transitions. Models may include shared, semi-independent, and independent housing with a variety of supports based on individual needs
- Preventing secondary disabilities, such as alcohol/drug abuse, depression and other mental health disorders
- Support will be focused on encouraging new skills, making positive life choices: Skill building will include:
- Household management cleaning, shopping, and meal preparation
- General self-care
- Participation in the local community
- Build meaningful relationships and social skills
- Cultivating appropriate leisure and recreational activities
- Develop employment skills training programs with partners who understand the brain difference of persons prenatally exposed to alcohol.
- Teach vocational skills compatible with their abilities and interests
- Demonstrate behaviors that will help them maintain their employment
- Cultivating relationships with adult mentors who will guide our young adults and support their independence.
For more information about FASD Communities, please contact us.
To create sustainable living communities across the United States for young adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) that will give them the support they need to become contributing members of society.