Persons affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) need the support of both family and professionals in order to live successfully. Double ARC provides diagnosis, education and support for parents whose child is struggling with the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure.
National Award given to Sr. Suzette Fisher for work in FASD field
The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) awarded Sr. Suzette Fisher, SND, their first affiliate Circle of Excellence Award in Washington DC recently. Sr. Suzette is a co-founder of Double ARC and currently is Director of Client Services for the nonprofit organization which is sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame. She received the award for her “outstanding efforts in the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders”.
In 2004, Double ARC, through Sr. Suzette, was the driving force, with Hope Taft (then the Governor’s wife) in starting Ohio’s FASD steering committee, an interdepartmental FASD work group of representatives from state departments – ODADAS, ODH, ODJFS, ODE, etc.
In 2006, when Double ARC joined the state affiliate network of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), Sr. Suzette became the representative for NOFAS Ohio. The goal of the NOFAS Affiliate Network is to unite FASD organizations in an International coalition for the purpose of preventing FASD and meeting the needs of people living with the disorders, while each member organization maintains its identity and autonomy.
Double ARC is in its 25th year of serving children with FASD and their families through education, intervention and advocacy.
NOFAS works to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol and other substances of abuse known to harm fetal development by raising awareness and supporting women before and during their pregnancy, and supports individuals, families, and communities living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and other preventable intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Jade is an adoptive parent of a child with FASD. Listen to her describe her struggles.
Double ARC, serves children and their families who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure to reach their full potential through education, intervention and advocacy.
Double ARC is sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
As leading strategists for providing the best possible education for children, Double ARC provides diagnosis, consultation and staff development opportunities so parents, educators, health care providers, and professionals in the social service areas are equipped to support children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Most people with FASD have no visible signs of prenatal alcohol exposure. Their problems may be wrongly blamed on poor parenting or other disorders. Often adoptive parents are unaware their child may have been prenatally exposed to alcohol but they know that their child struggles with problem solving skills, memory problems, impulsivity, poor judgement and may lack social skills.
Your child may be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); yet the root cause may be prenatal alcohol exposure.
Early Diagnosis and intervention contribute to positive long-term outcomes.
Double ARC is always available to talk about your child’s issues so that we can determine whether we can help you and your child.
We offer consultation with not only parents and caregivers but intervention in the schools and help with the child’s IEP (Individualized Education Program). The IEP is meant to address each child’s unique learning issues and include specific educational goals. It is a legally binding document. The school must provide everything it promises in the IEP.
Designed for Education Professionals, Social Service Providers, Parents, Guardians, anyone involved with a child with an FASD; Double ARC offers workshops to help children with brain damage and those caring for them.
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