When seeking help for an adult with FAS, consider these types of
programs and resources:
training, vocational rehabilitation
and payments from the Social Security Administration
Helpline Georgia - http://www.hodac.org and 1-800-338-6745 - Helpline Georgia provides information and referrals
for a wide variety of programs in Georgia. Open 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, 365 days a year. 1-800-338-6745. You can access their
provider directory directly at http://www2.irissoft.com/hoda (use Internet Explorer).
United Way - http://www.national.unitedway.org or dial 211 - United Way is dedicated to mobilizing community resources
to best help those in need. They have an extensive database of community
resources. You can access the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
directly at http://unitedwayatlanta.org and access their online
community resource database at http://211online.unitedwayatlanta.org.
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities - http://www.gcdd.org - This Georgia organization "is charged with creating systems
change for people with developmental disabilities and their families
to: Increase independence, inclusion, integration, and productivity
for people with disabilities through such activities as public policy
research, analysis, and reform, project demonstrations, and education
and training." The website contains online copies of Difference
Magazine, public policy information, and links to Georgia and National
Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities - http://www.aadd.org - AADD provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities
and their families. AADD also provides educational and training
experiences for parents of children with developmental disabilities
and for professionals in the field of developmental disabilities.
The Marcus Institute - http://www.marcus.org - Marcus Institute provides a comprehensive array of diagnostic
and evaluation services and support programs to people with Developmental
Disabilities and their families, as well as those who live and work
with them. The Marcus Center will occasionally evaluate adults for
Job Corps - http://www.jobcorps.doleta.gov - At Job Corps, students enroll to learn a trade, earn a high school
diploma or GED and get help finding a good job. You can also visit
the Job Corps Disabilities website at http://www.jcdisability.jobcorps.gov. The three Georgia Job Corps Centers are located in Atlanta, Brunswick,
and Albany. For more information go to http://www.jobcorps.doleta.gov/centers/ga.cfm.
You can also go directly to the Atlanta area center's webpage at http://www.jobcorpsregion3.com/jcCenters/atlantaJCC.html.
Atlanta Enterprise Center - http://www.atlantaenterprisecenter.org - AEC offers job readiness training workshops, life skills training,
job counseling, job referrals and placement assistance, case management,
and computer literacy classes.
Goodwill Industries - http://www.goodwill.org - Goodwill offers education, training, and career services for people
with physical, mental and emotional disabilities, as well as those
with disadvantages such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and
lack of education or work experience. You can go directly to the
Goodwill Industries of North Georgia at http://www.ging.org.
Social Security Disability and Supplementary Security
Income - http://www.ssa.gov/disability - These federal programs pay benefits
to people with disabilities. The Social Security Disability program
is designed to help people who have worked but become disabled.
The Supplementary Security Income assists people with low or no
income with cash for basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.
To check for eligibility, visit http://best.ssa.gov.
Adults must have a "medically determinable physical or mental
impairment" to qualify as being disabled.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Includes many free government publications and resources, statistics and research project summaries.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. NIDA conducts research and disseminates findings to improve drug abuse and addiction prevention, treatment and policy.
NIH MedlinePlus: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Contains extensive information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence - This page is an excellent reference for FAS issues. The information Resource Center and the Grab and Go sections contain excellent factsheets and articles.
NOFAS: The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Professional curricula, strategies for working with FAS children, and resources for education and support. NOFAS has also honored Dr. Coles, director of the Emory MSACD project, by placing her in the NOFAS Tom and Linda Daschle FASD Hall of Fame. You can go directly to Dr. Coles' Hall of Fame page by clicking here.
March of Dimes. This organization is committed to the understanding and prevention of all types of birth defects.
Organization of Teratology Information Services. This is a national education, advocacy and prevention network. This site has some good information on the effects of cocaine and other drugs and conditions on pregnancy outcome.
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator – Searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs. Shows the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism, alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems.
College on Problems of Drug Dependence. A research and advocacy group.
The Neurobehavioral Teratology Society. Committed to understanding the behavioral and developmental alterations that result from genetic and environmental perturbations of the nervous system during the pre- and perinatal period.
Dr. Larry Burd’s FAS site – Online Clinic. Information on Dr. Larry Burd's research, how to refer patients, request seminars, and order materials.
CDC – National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Site contains information on developmental disabilities, research findings, and prevention.
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Government-sponsored organization for funding for research and intervention programs, education, support and prevention of substance abuse.
The Arc of the United States. The Arc of the United States works through education, research and
advocacy to improve the quality of life for children and adults with mental retardation and their families and works to prevent both the causes and the effects of mental retardation. Includes information on political advocacy, products, services, and free educational materials.
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. Find out what the Canadians are doing in terms of education, support, and prevention.
The Research Society on Alcoholism. The RSA serves as a meeting ground for scientists in the broad areas of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The Society promotes the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge about the whole range of issues pertinent to alcoholism.
Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit, University of Washington. This research and advocacy group is headed by Dr. Ann Streissguth. This page offers general information and a look at the FAS situation in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
do2Learn. This amazing project began by creating computer games that could teach developmentally disabled children valuable life skills. It has developed into a major resource for teachers, parents, and therapists looking for ways to help children of all abilities.
The Marcus Center. Marcus Institute provides a comprehensive array of diagnostic and evaluation services and support programs to people with Developmental Disabilities and their families, as well as those who live and work with them. An affiliate of Kennedy Krieger Institute at Emory University.
The Atlanta Area Fetal Alcohol Support Group. "The FAS/FAE family support group offers each of its members a place to voice concerns, offer suggestions, share information, and to just be with people that understand. We do not have all the answers, only the commitment to work together as a group to listen to each other and look for solutions together. We draw upon our varied experiences and network of resources help each other". For more information call Betsy Meeks: (770) 514-9606 or Renn Doyle: (404) 292-7303.
AADD: Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities. The mission of AADD is to continually improve the quality of living for persons with challenging life circumstances and to provide related support, advocacy, prevention, and educational services. This Atlanta-area organization is involved in many activities pertinent to this mission, such as support, public policy, recreation, and volunteering.
Emory Genetics. Emory University Department of Human Genetics provides clinical and counseling services to children, adults, and physicians.
Georgia Department of Human Resources.
Children 1st. Children 1st is designed as a single entry point to a statewide collaborative system of public health and other prevention services.
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs. This is a metropolitan Atlanta-area agency which provides local intervention, prevention and advocacy services. This site contains an extensive internet referral system, listing local sources for substance abuse treatment and prevention.
The Developmental Continuity Program On-line Resource Center at Emory University. Provides information for Physicians, Parents, and Therapists on a variety of issues related to neonatal development.
Project Healthy Grandparents. This program based out of Georgia State University aims to improve the quality of life for families in which grandparents are raising grandchildren in parent-absent households. Healthy Grandparents conducts in-home interventions with a team of social workers and nurses to strengthen grandparent-based families. They offer support groups and parenting education classes to help grandparents cope with raising their grandchildren.
Babies Can’t Wait. Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. Committed to preventing child abuse in all its forms. Resource for information on: parenting, child development, and bullying. Their Helpline can be reached at 1-800-CHILDREN.
Helpline Georgia and 1-800-338-6745. Helpline Georgia provides information and referrals for drug, alcohol, gambling, and victim assistance programs in Georgia. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
How Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Works. Learn how Magnetic Resonance Imaging Works.
Biomedical Imaging Technology Center at Emory. The BITC conduct the MRI imaging we do on the Emory Teen Imaging Study.