The FASD Network Support Program was created to give families and individuals direct support in their daily lives. The program aims to work with families and circles of support to gain positive outcomes for those living with FASD so they recognize themselves as safe, supported, and contributing members of the community. The FASD Support Program offers individualized support to families and individuals living with FASD along with opportunities to gather, connect and share lived experiences.
The Network’s support workers have an in-depth understanding of FASD that can be shared to support individuals and families living with FASD achieve success.
Through the program, our support workers provide one-on-one assistance to individuals in the Saskatoon area. Every family has unique needs and requires support to meet those needs. Therefore, we strive to offer integrated support that not only connects those living with FASD with the Network, but also with the services in the broader community.
An FASD support worker will work to clarify the individual’s short-term goals and determine a plan to reach these goals. They can help identify strategies for success at home, school, and work as well as advocate for services and more understanding about FASD. The program provides assistance via case management, peer support, strategies, justice system navigation, referrals to community programs and more. One-on-one support may also serve to assist families navigating diagnosis and assessment, school systems, income support, or accessing the Cognitive Disabilities Strategy. Working alongside families can make a big difference in daily lives.
Support services are voluntary. Support cannot be mandated, individuals and families can choose whether they would like supports. A diagnosis on the spectrum of FASD is not required to access services. If individuals or families would like more information on the Network’s Support Program, they must call or email the Network directly. Agencies cannot refer individuals.
Every third Wednesday of the month the Network hosts a Caregiver Support Meeting for caregivers supporting individuals living with FASD. These meetings are an informative and engaging space for parents to connect with each other for ongoing support. Caregiver Support Meetings provide a safe environment for open and supportive discussion.
We invite caregivers supporting individuals living with FASD in Saskatoon and area to join us.
August 16, 2017
September 20th, 2017
October 18, 2017 **This meeting will include presentations on the latest research being done in Saskatoon**
November 15, 2017
*Please note that childcare is not provided. If you require help finding Respite Care you can contact the Community Living Association of Saskatoon.
To register for a Caregiver Support Meeting, contact:
Heather, Support Worker
The Network works to create support for caregivers across the province. While we may not be able to be present in every community we can help create the capacity for a support group.
If you are interested in organizing a group in your community the Network can help. We will bring interested caregivers to Saskatoon for a one-day workshop on facilitating a support group. The workshop covers information around establishing a group, your role as a facilitator, navigating difficult topics and much more.
The Network hosts a monthly meeting for individuals living with FASD. Peer Support is often an effective strategy to help individuals cope with a disability and the effects it may have on their everyday activities. Participating in peer support with someone else living with FASD can teach you different strategies and coping techniques you may not think of on your own.
Peer Support meetings are back to being scheduled for once a month, every second Wednesday of the month from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Join us for a peer support meeting and discover how it could help you.
August 9, 2017
September 13, 2017
October 11, 2017
November 8, 2017
To register for a Peer Support Meeting, contact:
Heather, Support Worker
The FASD Network will now be offering life skills workshops for individuals living with FASD.
The workshops are held twice a month from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. The goal of this programming is to create an opportunity for individuals living with FASD to learn necessary and practical skills. Each session will cover a topic from an area in life where individuals living with FASD may require assistance or experience struggles. These workshops are open to everyone.
August 2- Provincial Systems (SAID, SAP, CDS, RHS)
August 23- Federal Systems (DTC, RDSP, etc)
September 6 - Human Rights & Advocacy
September 27 - Healthy Relationships & Sexuality
October 4 - Mental Health
October 25 - Self Care & Stress Management
November 1 - Police Officer Question & Answer
November 29 - Justice System 101
The FASD Network has expanded its support services to individuals and families affected by FASD living outside of Saskatoon. The goal of the Community Outreach Program is to provide support to anyone who needs it in Saskatchewan.
The Outreach program will provide support to individuals, families and caregivers by utilizing different types of technology like teleconferences, Skype and FaceTime to connect with clients throughout the province. The Outreach program aims to support people in the same manner as the regular Support Program, by utilizing different methods. The FASD Network wants all individuals, families and caregivers affected by FASD to feel they are supported and connected to services.
The toll free line was implemented approximately twelve years ago to meet the needs of parents and professionals by aiding them to access appropriate information and services in their area. The Network’s support workers are able to provide guidance and advice over the toll free line to families and individuals who need
Families and individuals that are experiencing a tough time and need the advice of qualified professionals can phone in to ask possible questions they may have about the disability, discuss potential strategies, receive answers concerning assessment and diagnosis, or get help finding resource options in their local community. The toll free line is also available to anyone who is simply looking for someone who understands and can listen to their story or struggle.
The FASD Network Toll free line is available Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 and 3:30. Please call 1-866-673-3276 to speak to a support worker.