Advice Cards

FASD Advice Cards for Community

A useful tool to educate community members and enlist the support of bystanders during a meltdown.

These wallet-sized cards can be carried with you and given to bystanders when your child experiences a sensory overload in public. Parents and caregivers of people living with FASD know which strategies are most effective to improve or de-escalate a situation, however well-meaning community members sometimes jump to the conclusion that simple solutions like firm parenting and the use of consequences might solve behaviour problems. These Advice Cards enable parents and care-givers to enlist the support of observers by quietly explaining what is going on and asking for their cooperation, including not staring or becoming involved unless assistance is requested.

These cards are posted free-of-charge to parents and carers. To order cards please contact us here.

We would like to acknowledge Parenting Complex Children (Wisconsin, USA) for the text and opportunity to produce these cards.

Information Cards for Police

A tool to inform police officers and others about a cognitive impairment.

Children, young people & adults with FASD are over-represented in all areas of the justice system. In some cases, people with FASD may not have the skills and knowledge to defend their legal rights. A recent study found that 36 percent of young people in detention have FASD, and 89 percent have a neurodevelopmental impairment. There are many recorded cases of people with FASD “admitting” to offences which they did not commit.

These wallet-sized information cards can be carried by people with FASD and other brain disorders. If needed, they can be handed to police officers and other professionals. The cards explain that the person has a cognitive impairment and cannot knowingly waive legal rights, and there is space for carers to write their contact details on the cards.

It is important that police officers, emergency responders, and other professionals are aware of the characteristics and behaviours of people with FASD so they can work fairly and effectively with them. For more information and resources on FASD and the justice system click here.

These cards are posted free-of-charge to parents and carers. To order cards please contact us here.

We would like to acknowledge FASD Waterloo Region (Canada) for the idea and text to produce these cards.

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