Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Workgroup
The FASD Workgroup is an ad hoc created by the Governor's Council. It meets monthly via teleconference. Members include parents of individuals with disabilities, self-advocates, service providers, public community members, and others involved in agencies that provide services to people with FASDs.
Our mission statement:
The Alaska Governor’s Council Workgroup on FASD, in collaboration with stakeholders and partner agencies, advocates for a comprehensive service delivery system so that individuals and their families impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) / Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) have access to effective early interventions and lifelong supports.
What does the FASD Workgroup do?
The committee works on priority issues and activities related to increasing diagnostics, improving outcomes, and accessing services for people with FASDs in Alaska. Committee members engage in research, planning, monitoring, and advocacy efforts. We also support Alaska's new Self-Advocates with FASD into Action (SAFA) chapter, hosted by the ARC of Anchorage.
Jeanne Gerhardt-Cyrus, Chair
Jill Burkert, Co-chair
Representative Ivy Spohnholz
Judge Michael Jeffrey
Britteny Howell, Staff