Who We Are

The Asante Centre is a not-for-profit organization providing a variety of services related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other complex developmental needs.  The Centre offers assessment and diagnostic services, family and community support, education and training, research projects, resource development, and more. 

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What We Believe

The Centre abides by three core values: Respect, Integrity, and Collaboration.




Organization History and Background

In 1993, citizens from the community of Maple Ridge, BC, began a coordinated and strategic process to address the issue of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  This grassroots-based group implemented their community action plan, which resulted in the creation of the FASD Society for BC (formerly known as the Greater Vancouver Fetal Alcohol Society).  This not-for-profit Society was incorporated in March 1999 and is recognized for tax-exempt status as a registered charity.

Clear goals formed the basis of our Board:

  • Educate our community about FASD

  • Secure funding for prevention and support services

  • Provide support and advocacy that will lead to empowerment of individuals and families

  • Form a Children's Play Group

  • Advocate for healthy public policy

  • Form a "Learning About Your Disability" Group for Youth

Centre outcomes to date:

  • The establishment of Fetal Alcohol Warning Sign By-laws

  • Five highly successful community conferences

  • A local office holding an FASD Resource Library

  • Numerous presentations to schools, colleges, service organizations, foster parents associations, city council meetings, legal services, teen prenatal classes, aboriginal groups, and more

  • Media coverage in newspapers, and on radio and television

  • Participation in regional and provincial planning meetings to address FASD

  • Support for individuals/parents/professionals through consultation and advocacy

  • Assistance for other communities to develop teams to address FASD through education, resources and mentoring

  • Establishment and operation of the Asante Centre (formerly known as The Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)*, a diagnostic, assessment and family support centre that uses a multidisciplinary team approach

The Asante Centre is proud to have since grown to include services for individuals with ASD and other complex developmental needs, as well as their families.  The Centre team continues to develop our experience, expertise and always our commitment, to best support individuals with brain-based disabilities, their families and service providers.


*The Asante Centre (for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) received its initial funding through the Ministry for Children and Family Development and has been in operation since 2000.  Many partners and benefactors have generously supported the work of the Centre.