Health Canada estimates that nearly 1% of Canadians are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (FASD: A Framework for Action, 2005), though more recent research suggests that prevalence rates may be at least as high as 2-5% of the general population (May et al., 2009). That would mean that between 334,767 and 1,673,834 Canadians are currently living with FASD, with up to 220,003 living in British Columbia alone. The sheer number of people who live with this disability reasons that it is an issue we all need to be aware of, with huge implications for employers, teachers, healthcare workers, social workers, probation officers, lawyers, counsellors, peers and more.
The Asante Centre is proud to provide assessments for over 100 children, youth and adults who live with FASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other complex developmental needs each year, as well as responding to over 400 inquiries per year from caregivers, professionals and individuals with disabilities themselves who are seeking information and resources. We do this in addition to offering family support, awareness activities, training and education, research and resource development and more. The Centre is committed to building compassionate, knowledgeable communities that work together to prevent FASD and to support individuals with FASD or other brain based disabilities and their families to reach their full potential. While we are very proud of the work we and others do in the field, statistics and experience continuously demonstrate how much there is left to be done.
If you feel passionate about supporting individuals with FASD, ASD or other complex developmental disabilities, there are many ways to become involved with the Centre!
Consider any or all of the following options:
- Like us on Facebook and/or following us on Twitter: Here you will have access to news on FASD, reminded of upcoming events, and kept in touch with what the Centre is up to!
- Become a member of the FASD Society for BC: Becoming a member is the best way to keep in touch with the Centre! By doing so you will receive our quarterly newsletter with events, resources and news relevant to FASD and our programs, be added to our mailing list for notification of upcoming events, and invited to participate in our Annual General Meeting.
- Volunteer or work with us: Check out our Employment and Volunteering section for current postings or contact the Asante Centre for more information on organizational collaboration!
- Make a financial contribution: In order to help us achieve our vision, please keep us in mind when budgeting your annual giving.
We look forward to getting to know you!
The FASD Society for BC, governing body of the Asante Centre, is a not-for-profit Society, registered with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency as a charitable organization.