FASD & the Justice System

People with FASD require comprehensive and consistent supports to provide them with ongoing advice, direction, and structure, as well as to advocate on their behalf.  This sort of comprehensive support is often referred to as an "External Brain."  If you are representing a person with FASD, that advocate is you.  But additional support from family and/or experienced mentors will be helpful.  One example is the Gateway Mentoring Program of the John Howard Society of the Central and South Okanagan which offers support and stability based on the specific needs of each client with FASD. (Gateway Mentoring Program - http://kelowna.cioc.ca/record/KNA1566?Number=0)

Supportive people can help the FASD-affected person recognize and avoid situations that cause stimulus overload and/or help them regain emotional control.

Court orders for diagnostic clinic assessments and referral to community support agencies may be appropriate. Support people can help an affected person to meet a court-ordered curfew every night or be a "job coach" at work.