The Arc FASD Prevention Project

The Arc is a community-based organization in the United States advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Arc has initiated an FASD Prevention Project to create and disseminate culturally competent written and video materials, host webinars, peer learning communities, deliver conference presentations, and develop a CE course. The project is a national initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through a $1.3 million Cooperative Agreement.

There are two upcoming webinars on different aspects of FASD prevention:

Screening and Brief Alcohol Intervention: Effective Mechanisms to Prevent FASDs

Thu, July 10, 2pm – 3pm EST

The adverse effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy have been widely reported, and represent a leading preventable cause of physical and cognitive birth defects in the United States. Screening and Brief Alcohol Intervention (SBI) is an effective mechanism to reduce the risk of an alcohol-exposed pregnancy in sexually active women who drink and do not use effective contraception. This webinar will focus on the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) through SBI. An overview of SBI will be provided followed by effective evidence-based models that can be readily accessed for current practice.

Modifying FASD Prevention Strategies for Individuals with an FASD

Thu, July 17, 2pm – 3pm EST

This webinar will provide information on the provision of effective interventions for individuals with an FASD. Our focus will be on the importance of identifying individuals with a possible FASD to modify approaches in the home, educational, treatment, housing, and other settings to help reduce the incidence of alcohol exposed pregnancies. Learn how and why evidence based practices in the prevention of alcohol exposed pregnancies may need to be modified for those with an FASD.