Our goals include helping clients experience a more positive school or work experience. We are working towards earlier identification and referrals for individuals for diagnosis and supports. In addition, we are building effective networks of helping services to meet the needs of our clients and promoting our program to helping agencies. It's also our goal to help caregivers improve their skills and support helping them to become more knowledgeable and confident about caring for affected individuals.
Marie-Doreen Delorme, FASD Support Coordinator
AWN has recruited, Marie-Doreen Delorme, a FASD Coordinator/Case Worker to provide support for individuals suspected or diagnosed with FASD of all ages and their families/caregivers which includes coordination of services, advocacy, and mentoring.
“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.”
- Martina Navratilova
FASD Employment Support
FASD Employment Support Worker will provide:
One on one client centered employment support
Career guidance and advice specific to individual clients needs
Coaching and individual training
Opportunities to gain short term exposure training to increase client qualifications
Clients are employed in casual, part time or full time employment, or volunteer positions with guidance to overcome barriers related to employment
Better work performance and increased work attendance
Employers accommodate individuals with FASD (suspected or diagnosed)
Who We Are
To provide individual supports, advocacy, and mentoring to youth and adults diagnosed with/ or suspected of having FASD to successfully achieve and maintain employment.
Services would be provided in the town of Grande Cache,
Focusing on connecting clients with prospective employers
Success in employment can be achieved once the employer realizes that there is a difference between not trying or wanting to do the job and not being able to do the job without first making some accommodations. The person is not the problem, nor are you going to “fix them.” If the employer stops trying to change the person but instead is open to finding solutions that employment experience will be more enjoyable on everyone.
It is important for employers to utilize those strategies: which use concrete terms, are consistent, use repetition and routine, keep instructions simple, be specific, provide structure and make sure the employees are well supervised.
What is FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term referring to brain damage and physical anomalies, which affect the unborn child of a women who uses alcohol during pregnancy. FASD is not a label. It is a medical condition that is diagnosed from a birth defect. FASD is a permanent disability. It cannot be cured and its effects won’t go away.
FASD can be an invisible disability
It is no benefit to hand people with FASD a lengthy written job description
Only add one or two tasks at a time. Too many new duties would be overwhelming and not attainable causing frustration and failure.
Three things that will assist are routine, structure, and consistency