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 direct support professionals 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 direct support professionals 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 direct support professional 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.
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.
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*Please note that childcare is not provided. If you require help finding Respite Care you can contact the Community Living Association of Saskatoon.
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.
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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.
Life-skills workshops will resume in the spring of 2019.
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 FASD Network’s support services now includes a Direct Support Professional dedicated to providing supports and services for individuals with FASD who have involvement in the Saskatchewan justice system. When possible, our Justice Worker will attend all court proceedings and legal appointments. The Network will also advocate on the client’s behalf to legal professionals and community supports, continue support during incarceration, assist corrections workers to develop individual release plans, and provide wraparound supports and services including referrals to community organizations to help clients reduce or eliminate criminal behaviour and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The FASD Network would like to thank the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan for providing the funding for the Justice Support Services.
For more information to refer a client, contact:
call:306- 975 – 0864
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 direct support professionals are able to provide guidance and advice over the toll free line to families and individuals who need assistance.
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 direct support professional.
The FASD Network would like to thank the following funders for making these support services possible: