Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Double Arc: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Support

I attended a presentation this morning on the work of Double Arc, a Toledo organization dedicated to helping children and families of children who suffer fetal alcohol syndrome.

Double Arc was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1992 with a goal of providing specialized services to children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Additionally, Double Arc addresses the needs of children in the regular classroom whose behavior and academic challenges put them at risk for failure or suspension.

If you know of some child whose behavior is very erratic, yet is not yet diagnosed with some specific problem, and you suspect that the child's mother may have consumed alcohol during pregnancy, the odds are that the child may suffer FAS Disorder.

The Double Arc website is a storehouse of information and resources that addresses this problem.

Federal funding for Double Arc, not surprisingly, has been recently cut back. Apparently there are other more 'important' uses of our federal tax dollars. Today's presentation was both educational as well as a plea for funding.

Educate yourself on this issue, send some money, and get involved in being an advocate for these children. Untreated FAS children spend a lifetime disconnected with reality and often end up costing tax payers many more dollars than the intervention at an earlier would have cost. Our myopic tax phobia in America costs us dearly in future years.

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