The FAS Community Resource Center comprises two communities: A local community in Tucson, Arizona and a virtual Internet community that reaches beyond Tucson across Arizona, all over the United States, and around the world. For a snapshot of Internet activit for this web site, read the Internet Web Site Report.
The FAS Community Resource Center (FAS-CRC) is located at 4710 E. 29th St. in Tucson, Arizona. The FAS Center offers resources related to FASD (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders) including but not limited to the following:
FAS-CRC was founded in 1995 as a result of the 3-year FAS Prevention Project of the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Prevention Committee was chaired by Dr. Gail Harris, who conducted a citywide forum on FAS. Teresa Kellerman, who also served on the Prevention Committee, began a parent support group, which has met regularly since that time. Teresa, director of the FAS Center, is an adoptive parent with 20 years experience in successful FASD intervention. She has worked with Dr. Gail Harris, founding director of Parent Connection, and Ron Barber, director of District II of the Arizona Department of Developmental Disabilities. Click on the small photo to see a larger photo of the FAS Center volunteers (Chalsea, Ruth, Tom, Teresa, Gail, Maureen).
The focus of the FAS Center is PREVENTION: Primary prevention raises awareness in the general population to reduce the incidence of FASD. Secondary prevention focuses on women at high risk - those who have already had a child with FASD. Tertiary prevention focuses on reducing the incidence of secondary conditions associated with FASD.
FAS-CRC is supported by the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities. An office and playroom are provided by the State of Airzona at the Family Support Center at 4710 E. 29th Street in Tucson, Arizona, where monthly support group meetings are convened, and where community workshops are conducted by special arrangement.
Teresa, director of the FAS Center, and her son John, a young adult with FAS, have produced an educational video for teens ("FAS: Everbybody's Baby") and posters to promote FAS awareness. Teresa is co-founder of FASWORLD, an international organization that raises awareness about FAS issues. The FAS Center was a primary promoter of FASWORLD's first international FAS Awareness Day on 9-9-99. Click on the small photo to see a larger photo of the FAS Day celebration on September 9, 2000 at the Cathedral of St. Augustine in Tucson. Click here to learn more about FASD Awareness Day.
Through a grant from the Arizona Department of Health, Office of Women & Children's Services, the FAS Center conducted a statewide FAS Conference in Tucson in November of 2001 and published a web site to provide information on FAS issues that are specific to Arizona. Visit http://www.fasarizona.com.
For more information on the FAS Community Resource Center or to arrange for a seminar or presentation, contact Teresa Kellerman at 520 - 296 - 9172. Visit Fasstar Enterprises.