Any professional who works with children and families knows what it means to wear many hats. Educators, medical professionals, social workers, and other child-facing professionals understand the importance of a holistic approach when working with children and families. For example, pediatricians cannot provide quality care without knowledge of a child’s home environment, and educators cannot help children to succeed academically without understanding what accommodations may be needed.

This is why it’s important for every professional to be educated about challenges that are commonly faced by children and families in order to meet them where they are and provide the best support possible.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), which may impact as many as 1 in 20 children, often remains undiagnosed and misunderstood.

Here at Illuminate Colorado, we recognize the unique challenges that families face when navigating FASD and seek to provide professionals across various fields with targeted training sessions, fostering a collaborative community committed to enhancing expertise and contributing to positive outcomes for individuals and families affected by FASD.

Why should professionals become FASD-informed?

Professionals play a vital role in supporting families affected by FASD. Our program not only offers resources and training for families, but also seeks to build a knowledgeable network of professionals equipped to address the complexities of FASD with skill and empathy.

Our education programming offers trainings that increase knowledge around FASD and aim to create an empowered network contributing to better outcomes for families affected by FASD. Whether you’re a healthcare provider, educator, social worker, mental health professional, or other professional that works with families, Illuminate Colorado equips you with resources to navigate FASD complexities and contribute to a more supportive community.

We are dedicated to breaking down the stigma associated with FASD. FASD is more common than you might think and impacts families on every level of society. Through open conversations and a commitment to sharing experiences, we aim to create an environment where families feel comfortable seeking help without fear of judgment. Stigma should never be a barrier to accessing the support and resources needed for positive outcomes, and professionals play a vital role in driving this societal change.

How can professionals become FASD-informed?

Illuminate Colorado recently launched our newest training: Beyond the Label: Navigating the World of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). This training is hosted monthly by Illuminate’s Education Program Manager, Shannon Day.

This comprehensive training is designed to equip participants with a deeper understanding of FASD and practical strategies to support affected individuals with this brain-based condition.

Shannon Day

Education Program Manager

This training moves past the basic definitions and stereotypes, offering an in-depth exploration of the diverse realities faced by those living with FASD and those who care for them.

This FREE, two-hour interactive online training will increase your knowledge, skills, and create the empathy needed to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by FASD.

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You can also get started by watching the short informational video, FASD Unveiled: Shedding Light, Spreading Awareness, and Building Support to learn more about FASD and the supports that are available to you.

 

Together, we can make a difference. Join a community that collaborates across sectors – from healthcare to education and beyond – to create a network of support for families impacted by FASD.

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