FASD Group of Ottawa

06 Oct, 2021 - 01 Jun, 2022

The FASD Group of Ottawa combines an opportunity for people with FASD, or suspected FASD, their caregivers and all those in their life circle, who are touched by FASD to receive support from peers and professionals. 

We have smaller, intimate breakout rooms for participants to safely share what is on their minds and what is their immediate concerns, as it relates to their day to day lives with FASD.  

As well, there are ongoing opportunities for formal education on topics related to FASD.  We have regular guest-speakers and also our FARP team experts who also teach/facilitate to help people with FASD and the people in their life circle to learn about FASD and support each person to live to their full potential. 

This is an open group.  We invite people with FASD or suspected FASD to attend, along with caregivers, extended family members, friends and professionals. This group is open to anyone who wants to seek more knowledge about FASD and to receive professional and peer support.  All are welcome. 

There is no cost to attend the group through the generous support of Health Nexus. 

Meeting Details

The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from October to June. Currently, the group is meeting via the Zoom platform.

Upcoming Meetings

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | Wednesday, November 3, 2021 |Wednesday, December 1 2021 | Wednesday, January 5 2022 | Wednesday, February 2 2022 | Wednesday, March 2 2022 | Wednesday, April 6 2022 | Wednesday, May 4 2022 | Wednesday, June 1 2022

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

To Attend: You must register to be sent a link to attend the meeting –https://able2-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJ0uduGgpjItESLOQll7fja-NobDclno8w

October Speaker: Hélène Courchesne

October Meeting Topic: OCF Pilot project: A Good life for adults (18-39 years) with or suspected FASD

Hélène Courchesne will provide an overview of ABLE2’s latest pilot project.

ABLE2 has received a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation to support young adults (18-39 years of age) with FASD, or suspected FASD, who are Ottawa residents and would like support to reach their goals.

Project goals are to support individuals to create their plan, to connect with community resources, and to mentor individuals to address mental health issues, find employment support, explore housing solutions or meaningful activities.

November Speaker: Janet Abou-Chaaya

November Meeting Topic: Respiteservices.com

Janet Abou-Chaaya is the RespiteServices.com Worker Bank Coordinator at Service Coordination Support for 4 years. She has spent her career effectively recruiting candidates with top talent for a wide variety of positions. Janet develops relationships with local universities, colleges, and community partners, as well as encourages referrals and word of mouth to expand her recruitment network. Through RespiteServices.com, she facilitates respite options that empower individuals with differing abilities and their families to lead active and rewarding lives.  

Respiteservices.com is a secure network for families that need respite and access to services. This network is managed and hosted by Service Coordination Support (SCS) located in Ottawa. Respiteservices.com incorporates a Worker Bank that provides workers to families who are in need of respite and /or developmental programming for their loved one with a disability.

December Speaker: 

December Meeting Topic: Coming Soon

This is an open group and everyone who is touched by FASD is welcome to attend: people with a diagnosis of and/or suspected FASD, caregivers, professionals, extended family, friends and neighbors.  All are welcome, so feel free to share our ZOOM link. 

Funding generously provided by

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