Chapter Mini-Grantees 

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
  1. Arc Northland
  2. The Arc Gloucester        
  3. The Arc Kent County
  4. The Arc of Kentucky
  5. The Arc of the Midlands
  6. The Arc Muskegon
  1. St. Louis Arc
  2. The Arc of Atlantic County
  3. The Arc Baton Rouge
  4. The Arc Kent County
  5. The Arc of Kentucky
  6. The Arc of Luzerne County
  7. The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley
  8. The Arc of the Midlands
  9. The Arc Muskegon
  10. The Arc of Tuscaloosa County
  11. The Arc of Washington County
  12. The Arc of Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle Counties

 

  1. Albany Arc
  2. St. Louis Arc
  3. The Arc of Clarke County
  4. The Arc of Davidson County
  5. The Arc of DC
  6. The Arc of Fort Bend County
  7. The Arc of Greater Columbus
  8. The Arc of Kentucky
  9. The Arc of Larimer County
  10. The Arc of Washington County 
  11. The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties

 

What are Chapters of The Arc doing to prevent FASDs?

Albany Arc

Albany, GA 

Albany Arc met with local healthcare providers to discuss FASD prevention and distribute The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits. Toolkits were hand-delivered to as many healthcare providers as possible, with a focus on community-based health services throughout Southwest Georgia.

Arc Northland
Duluth, MN

Core services of Arc Northland include 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. As a mini-grantee, The Arc of Northland worked with The Arc of the United States to distribute The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkit to over 300 healthcare providers at local clinics. Additionally, the chapter distributed resources at the 4th St Community Resource Fair Transitions Fair- Fond du lac Mental Health Conference, and teamed up with a local college to distribute information focusing on how to talk to young women of child bearing age about the dangers of alcohol use.

Success Story! One young mom who was referred to Arc Northland’s FASD prevention program through the chapter’s partnership with the local college returned to The Arc Northland throughout her pregnancy. The Arc Northland helped her obtain accurate information, gave her links to FASD resources through The Arc US and NOFAS websites, and supported her efforts to stop using alcohol for the duration of her pregnancy.  When she had her baby, she returned to Arc Northland to show off her baby and thank advocates.

St. Louis Arc 
St. Louis, MO
 

St. Louis Arc’s Prevention Specialist worked closely with Affinia Healthcare–the largest operator of Federally Qualified Health Centers and clinics in low-income areas of the City of St. Louis–and with other community health organizations to provide distribute The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits and prevention materials to healthcare providers at Affinia’s provider meetings. In addition, St. Louis Arc provided FASD prevention information and annual disability awareness trainings to healthcare professionals and/or students of healthcare professions through their Speaker’s Bureau and through affiliations with local colleges and universities. During the grant period a presentation was made to the leadership team from Nurses for Newborns, which provides home visiting nurses to vulnerable and underserved pre- and post-natal populations.

The Arc of Atlantic County
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

As a mini-grantee, The Arc of Atlantic County strove to provide a clear FASD prevention message and 1) provided FASD prevention training to Direct Support Professionals – people who work directly with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; 2) conducted FASD prevention presentations at the Atlantic County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center classes; and 3) built community awareness of the need for FASD prevention through the distribution of The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits at community events and media activities. Over 150 Direct Support Professionals and over 600 community members were reached through FASD prevention trainings and presentations.

The Arc Baton Rouge 
Baton Rouge, LA
 

The Arc Baton Rouge, Arc Children’s Services spread awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to child care providers, healthcare providers, school based health clinics, and other community agencies. Later in the grant period, The Arc Baton Rouge changed its focus to find opportunities to conduct outreach with at-risk adolescents who might not have information about FASD consequences. The chapter targeted adolescents and 1) distributed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention materials to at-risk teens; 2) partnered with I CARE, a substance abuse prevention program, to help educate community members about the effects of alcohol use during pregnancy at high school health fairs; and 3) distributed The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits and other materials to the local Early Head Start health consultant, to be used during home visits with pregnant teens. 

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A volunteer teen at a high school health fair uses a special FASD doll to illustrate effects of alcohol during pregnancy.

 

The Arc of Clarke County 
Jackson, AL

The Arc of Clarke County provided outreach to all health departments throughout the state by attending their annual conference and sharing The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits. The Arc of Clarke County’s presentation at the conference educated healthcare providers about FASD prevention best practices, screening tools, and billing information. Additionally, the chapter disseminated FASD prevention information through newspaper articles, mailings, and social media.

The Arc of Davidson County
Lexington, NC

In January 2016, The Arc of Davidson County partnered with The Arc of Rowan to provide a program entitled “FASD-An Ounce of Prevention,” presented by the Coordinator of the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program. In September 2016, The Arc of Davidson County, The Arc of Rowan, and Northwest Area Health Education Center (NW AHEC) partnered to present a day-long conference entitled: “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies.” Conference objectives included educating attendees on the subjects of: 1) understanding North Carolina’s Preconception Health Strategic Plan; 2) racial disparities in FASD; 3) working with women with developmental disabilities; 4) the male role in healthy outcomes; and 5) environmental factors that put women at risk. Partnering with NW AHEC to offer continuing education credits for conference attendance increased interest to such an extent that attendance had to be capped.

The Arc of DC

Washington, District of Columbia

The Arc of DC attended the Medical Home Initiative’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders conference in Pennsylvania. They connected with health professionals and distributed The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits to help health professionals converse more effectively with their female patients regarding alcohol use and pregnancy. 150 health professionals attended the conference.     

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The Arc’s FASD Prevention Project display at the Medical Home Initiative’s FASD conference.  

The Arc of Fort Bend County 
County Sugarland, TX

The Arc of Fort Bend County collaborated with OakBend Medical Center to implement the FASD prevention project throughout their three hospitals and all twenty medical clinics in Fort Bend County. The Arc of Fort Bend County furnished The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits and promoted the Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders course developed by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) in association with The Arc of US. The chapter also worked with Clear Channel Outdoor to post FASD Prevention Awareness billboards in Fort Bend County, generating over 10,000 estimated views.

 

 

 

 

 


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FASD Prevention billboards displayed in Fort Bend County, TX generated over 10,000 estimated views.

The Arc Gloucester
West Deptford, NJ

In 1997, The Arc Gloucester started a “Pregnant Pause” project. The goal of the project is to increase public awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Through ongoing working relationships with various healthcare groups in the community, The Arc Gloucester used their mini-grant funds to connect with local healthcare providers and encouraged them to discuss alcohol use with their patients. 

The Arc of Greater Columbus

Columbus, GA

The Arc of Greater Columbus met with local healthcare providers, schools, support groups and church ministries to discuss FASD prevention and distributed The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits. The Arc of Greater Columbus staff members were also interviewed by a local news station, which included a testimonial from a mother of children with FASD, and further spread awareness through social media posts and a newspaper article. In addition to spreading FASD prevention awareness through media, the chapter also created and distributed materials, including flyers and a t-shirt, to serve as more permanent reminder.

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T-shirt designed by The Arc of Greater Columbus to spread FASD prevention awareness.

The Arc of Kent County and The Arc Muskegon 
Grand Rapids, MI  / Muskegon, MI

The Arc of Kent County and The Arc Muskegon partnered with an FASD Clinical Nurse Specialist, Barb Wybrecht, to conduct presentations on FASDs. The nurse specialist, along with her son who is a self-advocate with FASD, presented and distributed The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits to registered nurses, physicians, and mental health therapists. Additionally, The Arc of Kent County presented at the Grand Rapids Community College School of Nursing and had an exhibit at Kent Intermediate School District’s LEAP Conference; The Arc Muskegon offered “Lunch and Learn” presentations for local healthcare professionals. Both chapters spread FASD awareness and prevention materials through their websites, social media, and newsletters.

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One of the Lunch and Learn events, attended by local healthcare professionals.

The Arc of Kentucky
Frankfort, KY

The Arc of Kentucky visited OB/GYN and family practitioner offices in Fayette, Franklin and Madison counties and distributed The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits. The Arc of Kentucky also shared materials with Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) coordinators, nurses that work with families during the prenatal period and provide support through pregnancy and the early years of a baby’s life. FASD prevention and awareness materials were also disseminated through mailings, press releases, and social media posts, as well as to Advocates in Action class attendees. The chapter’s efforts were highlighted in Exceptional Family KY magazine, which has a circulation of 30,000 readers. Additionally, the chapter’s annual conference, which had an estimated 350 people in attendance, included a session on FASD and several FASD exhibits. The Arc of Kentucky also partnered with the State Prevention Specialist–who presented at the annual conference, provided materials for distribution to physicians and attended other training events–as well as the Bluegrass FASD Prevention Project and Kentucky Area Technical Colleges. 

The Arc of Larimer County
Fort Collins, CO

In 2015, The Arc of Larimer County spearheaded an effort to collaborate with The Arc of Colorado and eight other local chapters to fund the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s FASD public service announcements in theaters across the state. The chapter also partnered with NOFAS Colorado and the Colorado Department of Education to provide three community awareness forums for approximately 150 educators. During the grant period, the chapter utilized connections with communication organizations/clinics to schedule presentations with each provider and distributed The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits. The Arc of Larimer County distributed FASD prevention materials to over 360 healthcare providers and spread information through their online newsletter, a webpage featuring screening tools and local resources, and press releases. The chapter also partnered with the State Senate Committee to provide comments on proposed legislation relating to FASD. 

The Arc of Luzerne County
Wilkes Barre, PA

The Arc of Luzerne County developed relationships with several local healthcare providers as part of their HealthMeet project activities, which provided free community-based health assessments and individualized follow-up care recommendations for people with I/DD and their caretakers. By utilizing existing relationships, the chapter provided The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits to local medical associations, the Luzerne County Medical Society, and private physicians during the grant period.

The Arc of the Midlands 
Columbia, SC


The Arc of the Midlands joined forces with The South Carolina Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Collaborative (SC FASDC) and provided information and training to communities and health and human services professionals. Through attendance at health provider events, sponsored training events, and coordinated face-to-face visits in individual healthcare and physician offices, the chapter worked to help reduce the exposure of infants to alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy. Informational materials were distributed to over 150 healthcare providers. The Arc of the Midlands also hosted a FASD forum, None for Nine, in partnership with SC FASDC and the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council. Additionally, the chapter raised awareness through social media, press releases, and the chapter website. 

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In partnership with SC FASDC and the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council, The Arc of the Midlands hosted a FASD forum, None for Nine. 

The Arc of Tuscaloosa County 
Tuscaloosa, AL
 

In the past, The Arc of Tuscaloosa County participated in a public information campaign called “Think Before You Drink.” By partnering with DCH Health Systems, The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing, the University Medical Center and various mental health programs in the area, The Arc of Tuscaloosa expanded its reach during this grant period by sharing information with local health providers.

The Arc of Washington County 
St. George, UT 

The Arc of Washington County focused its efforts on meeting the special health needs of Native Americans living in Southwest Utah. The chapter visited the Shivwits, Pauite, Koosharem, and Kanosh Community Health Centers in Southern Utah, where advocates distributed The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits as well as information about local resources and recovery groups and spoke with nurses, receptionists, and counselors on the reservations. Additionally, The Arc of Washington participated in the Pauite Indian Tribe Wellness Fair in Cedar City to distribute FASD toolkits, answer questions, and provide general information on FASD. The chapter also followed up with clinics, providers, and nurses in the Pauite Indian Clinics to ensure that the materials were being used, and found that the clinics were receptive and appreciative of the information and resources as many of the reservations had previously lacked materials related to FASD. The Arc of Washington County also teamed up with the Utah Fetal Alcohol Commission and local salons to sponsor an “I Love Babies” week-long educational event, and had two newspaper articles published about FASD. 

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Local newspaper articles spreading FASD prevention awareness, featuring interviews with The Arc of Washington County staff.

The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties 
Rockford, IL

The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties reached out to two of the three main health systems’ hospitals and their corresponding clinics in Winnebago County. The Arc’s FASD Prevention toolkits were distributed to clinics specifically working with racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities, staff appeared receptive and excited. The chapter also shared materials with county health departments, crisis shelters, and Crusader Clinic–a local not-for-profit medical center–and disseminated information about FASD at a local health fair. Additionally, the chapter partnered with a local television station, WTVO, to produce and run an FASD public service announcement (PSA) and feature an ad on their website. Other media outreach included a morning news interview, social media, and the chapter website. The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties also worked with the UIC College of Medicine to provide a computer lab for students/physicians to get continuing education credits by taking the FASD training.

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The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties, in partnership with UIC College of Medicine, provided an FASD computer lab training.
Success Story! One parent advocate saw The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties morning news interview and visited the UIC College of Medicine computer lab training to tell staff members that she was thankful for the efforts of The Arc!

 

FASD Work by Other Chapters of The Arc 

The Arc of Greater Houston
Houston, TX

In partnership with county and local agencies, The Arc Greater Houston 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.

The Arc of Greater Twin Cities
St. Paul, MN

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. 

The Arc of Mecklenburg County
Charlotte, NC

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 populations, educational materials to professionals, and public awareness through media. 

The Arc of Riverside County 
Riverside, CA

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 seeks to educate community members that during the nine months of pregnancy, zero alcohol is safe.