Services and Supports for Adults with FASD


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar


Webinar Description:

When children with disabilities become adults, there is a significant reduction in services and supports available. For individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), however, that loss of services is even more dramatic. A three-person panel will discuss the current state of services and supports, identifying options and describing how certain states have achieved successes in developing new services. This webinar is an essential event for the developmental disabilities community, including clinicians, service providers, individuals with FASD, families, local and state agencies, and advocates.

Presented by AUCD FASD SIG


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Tom Donaldson, president of NOFAS, is responsible for formulating and carrying out the NOFAS strategic and business plans, and all programmatic, development and policy initiatives. He has extensive experience in non-profit governance, public policy, government affairs, media relations, social marketing, grassroots organizing, coalition building and public health. Under his leadership, NOFAS has established a network of over 30 affiliated organizations, expanded services to all 50 states, and ensured a four-fold increase in federal and state investment in FASD-related research, public health and services, among numerous other achievements. He has served as a member of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence Steering Committee and as a liaison representative to the National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect. He has also served on maternal/child health and alcohol-related policy boards and committees, including the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Executive Committee, the National Association of Broadcasters Alcohol Policy Advisory Board, and as a member of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In 2014, he received the Senator Harold Hughes Memorial Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.


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Dan Dubovsky, MSW, Dan has worked for over 40 years in the field of behavioral health as a direct care worker in residential treatment and a therapist in residential and outpatient settings as well as an oncology social worker and Instructor in Psychiatry. He has been involved in FASD for over 30 years. For the past several years, he has focused on the development and implementation of a screening, assessment, and modification protocol for children, adolescents, and adults. For 15 years he was the FASD Specialist at the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence. He is currently an independent contractor providing training and technical assistance throughout the U.S. and Canada. For his work in FASD, his son Bill has been his mentor and best teacher.


White women with white/blonde hair wearing a white turtle neck sweaterSara Messelt, Sara has spent 40 years advocating for healthy mothers and healthy families. The first part of her career she worked as a national trainer for the National Foundation March of Dimes, traveling throughout the country educating volunteers, students, and maternal and child health professionals. From there Ms. Messelt worked in a variety of leadership positions in the nonprofit sector for organizations focused on maternal and child health and disability rights. Under her leadership at MOFAS, now Proof Alliance, Sara has been successful at passing several pieces of legislation in Minnesota that have improved the quality of life for people living with FASD and for mothers who are dealing with substance use disorders. Sara first joined MOFAS (now Proof Alliance) in 2000 as one of the first employees of the organization and has been the Executive Director of Proof Alliance, the largest organization in the country focused on preventing prenatal alcohol exposure-the leading cause of preventable brain injury-- and supporting those impacted by it for thirteen years.


White woman with shoulder length brown hair wearing a blue blazer and green topLeah Davies, LMSW, Leah is a Senior Administrative Program Coordinator at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. Leah works closely with the Texas NOFAS Affiliate, Strategic Health Alliance, and has been actively involved in work related to FASD for over 10 years including as facilitator of the Texas FASD Alliance.





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