Our Society has five goals in providing community-driven services across the lifespan for FASD prevention, assessment and intervention, and supports for individuals and caregivers for our vision where communities are supported with a comprehensive and coordinated response to FASD:
Supports and Services:
To provide individuals, families and communities with a range of holistic supports and services that meet their needs across the lifespan.
Information and Education:
To provide access to information and resources while developing and delivering evidence-based education and training opportunities to the community.
To nurture and maintain connections and partnerships with communities, agencies and all levels of government.
To help create a voice for and with people impacted by an FASD.
To inform, participate and disseminate research and contribute to the development of best-practice interventions.
The Society operates according to and is guided by the following values:
Collaboration: The Society will partner through formal and informal relationships with individuals, families, and communities.
Responsiveness: The Society inspired by the needs of the community and guided by best-practice, aims to provide lifelong, strength-based supports and services to individuals and families impacted by FASD.
Diversity: The Society respects and is inclusive of individual differences and diversity within our communities.
Accountability: The Society operates with a maximum level of responsibility and transparency for its actions and decisions.
The Network is guided by the following principles:
- Develop a collaborative and flexible approach: The Network promotes collaboration among stakeholders at the government, agency, and community levels, within an environment that is flexible and responsive to unique local needs.
- Align with identified direction setting documents: Development, implementation, and ongoing improvement of the Network and its operations is informed by provincial strategic directions established by the FASD Cross Ministry Committee (FASD CMC) and Alberta’s FASD community at the national, regional, and local levels, and with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.
- Promote a strength-based approach: The Network will provide services to individuals, families, and communities that build on current strengths and capabilities.
- Address needs across the lifespan without age barriers: The Network will focus on a developmentally sensitive approach to FASD from pre-conception to death, as FASD is a disability that affects a person throughout their life.
- Focus on accountability and transparency: The Network will be managed in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner, including regular reporting of FASD activities and measurable results to stakeholders.
- Building on existing capacity to address identified needs: The Network will enhance and align with existing service offerings and facilitate the development of new services where none currently exist.
- Be respectful of a wide range of perspectives: Respect for cultural diversity, including First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and immigrant populations, will be a key driver of the Network design and operations.
- Use the GBA+ lens to inform services and operations: The Network operations, programs, and services will be informed by a GBA+ lens to ensure they are equally accessible to individuals of all genders and other intersecting identity factors, such as age, education, language, geography, culture, and income.
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