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Adults with FASD

Resources for Families & Professionals Supporting an Adult who has FASD

Thinking you or someone you are caring for might have FASD or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Click Here

Knowing right from wrong Adult version Clinical Psychologist Dr Vanessa Spiller has developed a resource on why knowing right from wrong is not enough to prevent people with severe impairments (such as FASD) in multiple brain areas from doing the ‘wrong thing’ (and why they shouldn’t be punished for having impairments)!

Moving towards FASD informed care in substance abuse and treatment – information from CANFASD

Online course – course in substance abuse and treatment from CANFASD

Working with Adolescents or Adults with FASD presentation comes from Dr Vanessa Spiller from Jump Start Psychology in Queensland. Dr Spiller has a particular interest in working with children and families affected by FASD.

Supporting Success For Adults With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – This booklet offers an introduction to FASD and suggested accommodations to assist in supporting individuals living with FASD. It is intended as a starting guide for all service providers, community members and others who care about and work with adults with FASD.  NOFASD Australia wishes to extend thanks and gratitude to Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) for permission to adapt and use this publication.

Adults and Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 2016 – video recordings from the International Conference on FASD

Parenting with FASD – Challenges, Strategies & Supports – This booklet focuses on some of the parenting-related experiences and challenges faced by people with FASD. Highlighted as well are strategies, suggestions and resources found to promote positive parenting. ($US15)

Parenting with FASD – research article This paper focuses on issues associated with parenting and living with FASD.

FASD and Employment

Disability Employment Services (DES) can help people find employment and keep a job. Unless employers have a good understanding of FASD most young people and adults with FASD experience failed job placements repeatedly. Because they can often speak very well they may be able to secure a job placement themselves, but they can rarely maintain it without the assistance of someone who can advocate for them and provide support in the workplace.

FASD Justice Employment Program – An online educational resource developed by Patches Australia, in partnership with the University of Western Australia, APM, 360Edge and Real Drug Talk,  supported by funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health, have produced to improve the employment outcomes for individuals with FASD.  This resource provides tips, tools, and strategies, plus downloadable fact sheets to assist employment professionals, employers, and those within the justice workforce, to effectively support individuals with FASD as they transition out of the justice system into meaningful employment.   

Kick Starting Your Child’s Career Journey – A guide for families of young people with Disability

FASD in the workplace is a great little publication written for employers by Claire Gyde from FASD-Can in NZ and is certainly suitable for downloading and sharing with employers in Australia.

Guide for Employment Professionals is a toolkit to support employment professionals in their work assisting clients to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.

Supporting Employment in Individuals with FASD – A Guide for Employment Professionals (Canada)

Resources for adults who have FASD

If you have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, it’s important to understand that you have the same rights as everyone else. Because those rights are often not respected in the same way that they are for those without disabilities (particularly in the case of ‘invisible’ disabilities such as aspects of FASD), there are special protections for certain rights, such as the right to being supported in ways that meet your needs. If you need some help to work out where you can go for support, please give us a call on 1800 860 613 (free call) or email

So you have been diagnosed with FASD – now what! – A handbook of helpful strategies for youth and adults

Tips for Individuals – A book written for people with FASD, including helpful tools and examples to use at home.

Social Dysfunction: A Key Deficit in Adults with Suspected and Confirmed FASD – written by Jerrod Brown, M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., Treatment Director for Pathways Counselling Centre Inc., founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS), and lead developer and program director of an online graduate degree program in Forensic Mental Health from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Rob Moore speaks with Kathy from Brockville-Smiths Falls about FASD. – Video

My Adult FASD Diagnosis: Clarity for a Man and his Mom – Video

New Beginning: Better Than This –  Liz Kulp, who has FASD, shares information and gives readers a private look in to the mind and heart of an adult living with FASD.

Flying with Broken Wings (international) – a closed Facebook support group for adults who have FASD and those who work with or care for them created by RJ Formanek, a person living with FASD.

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