FASD Efforts by Chapters of The Arc

The FASD Prevention project awards mini-grants to state and local chapters of The Arc to coordinate outreach efforts and personally meet with health care providers to promote FASD prevention.

California
The Arc of Riverside County: NineZero Project
The NineZero Project of The Arc of Riverside County relies on educational and social marketing techniques to inform target groups about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. NineZero stands for “Nine months, Zero alcohol” and means that during the nine months of pregnancy, zero alcohol is safe.

Minnesota
The Arc of Northland
Core services of The Arc of Northland includes FASD programs such as prevention and intervention training, a diagnostic clinic in partnership with the St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic Health System, and a Fetal Alcohol aftercare program that provides advocacy, support, training and education after diagnosis.

The Arc of Greater Twin Cities
In collaboration with Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), The Arc of Greater Twin Cities provides a support group for caregivers of children with FASD.

Missouri
The Arc of St. Louis: Go the Whole 9 Campaign
The Arc of St. Louis participates in the Go the Whole 9 Campaign raising awareness of FASD prevention through training for teen and young adults, and providing resources for families and the media. They provide a traveling interactive booth designed to teach about prenatal alcohol exposure for community events.

New Jersey
The Arc of Atlantic County
The Arc of Atlantic County strives to provide a clear FASD prevention message by:

  1. Providing FASD prevention training to Direct Care Professionals (DSPs) – people who work directly with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  2. Conducting FASD prevention presentations at the Atlantic County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) classes.
  3. Building community awareness of the need for FASD prevention through the distribution of FASD education materials at community events, media activities, and collaborating with other Atlantic County resources.

North Carolina
The Arc of Mecklenburg County
In partnership with county and local agencies, The Arc of Mecklenburg County formed the FASD Committee of Mecklenburg. Since 2004 the Committee has provided training to at-risk population, educational materials to professionals and public awareness through the media.

South Carolina
The Arc of the Midlands
The Arc of the Midlands has joined forces with The South Carolina Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Collaborative (SCFASDC) to provide information and training to communities and health and human services professionals to help reduce the exposure of infants to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs during pregnancy through attendance at various health provider events, sponsored training events, and coordinated face-to-face visits in individual health care and physician offices.

Texas
The Arc of Greater Houston
In partnership with county and local agencies, The Arc, Greater Houston Chapter, is part of HAP for FASD (Houston Area Partnership for FASD), which provides a resource guide for families, educational trainings for interested community members and professionals, and a monthly support group for caregivers of children with FASD.

Utah
The Arc of Washington County
The Arc of Washington County is raising awareness of FASD prevention by visiting face-to-face with nursing students at local health care fairs. During interactions with nursing students The Arc of Washington County communicates the risks associated with drinking during pregnancy and provides each student with one of The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits.