DoubleARC was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1992 to address the needs of children in the regular classroom whose behavior and academic challenges put them at risk for failure or suspension. Educators from the Toledo Sisters of Notre Dame saw that some children in their classrooms were having a number of difficulties … restlessness, inattention, defiance, difficulty with a number of subjects, especially math. In researching the problem, they discovered a common connection … prenatal exposure to alcohol known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). FASDs last a lifetime.
In 2018, DoubleARC joined forces with A Renewed Mind in order to offer more services to our clients and their families. At that time they became The DoubleARC Center for FASD.
There is no cure for FASDs, but research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development. The DoubleARC Center for FASD continues today to serve children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) through diagnosis, intervention and advocacy.
The DoubleARC Center for FASD Mission Statement
The DoubleARC Center for FASD serves children and their families who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure to reach their full potential through education, intervention and advocacy.
The DoubleARC Center for FASD Vision Statement
A world in which children are free of preventable birth defects.
Terra Smith, LPN
DoubleARC Center for FASD Administrator
Sr. Suzette Fisher, SND, M.Ed.,Ed.S.
Program Director and FASD Specialist
Brianna Megyesi, MSW,LSW
Behavior Counselor II
In 2006 The DoubleARC Center for FASD became the Ohio affiliate of NOFAS, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This positions The DoubleARC Center for FASD as part of the national efforts to bring awareness about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy to the national level and to seek services and funding that will benefit those affected and their families. This website is made possible through a grant from NOFAS.