A Christian Response to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Is your congregation equipped to respond to the needs of people living with FASD? Many congregations encounter the realities of FASD– through family members, neighbourhood programs, outreach programs, etc. It can be confusing and frustrating to try to find resources.
Mennonite Central Committee Canada has put out an amazing resource….
Can’t, not won’t
This resource is a 45-minute colour DVD that offers congregations the tools to learn about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Included in this package is a six-week study guide set up for use in adult Sunday school or other small group sessions.
Through the study participants will gain a greater understanding of FASD, how it affects people and how the church can respond in helpful and supportive ways.
Table of Contents:
Session 1–What is FASD?
Session 2–FASD and secondary disabilities
Session 3–Thinking through our faith as it pertains to FASD
Session 4–What can our church do to make a difference?
Session 5–FASD and the community
Session 6–Supporting parents
The following is an excerpt from an introduction written by Irma Janzen in 2005. At that time she worked for the Mental Health and Disabilities Program of MCC Canada.
This video does not claim to have the answers. In fact it may be more of a tool to start discussion than to give the answers. Also, the video and the study guide do not include everything that could be included and that may be a disappointment to some people. At the same time, we are confident that the video has much potential as a resource for many families, congregations and other groups.
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