Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual who has experienced prenatal exposure to alcohol. These effects may include physical, cognitive and behavioural disabilities which last a lifetime.
Information for Schools, Students, and Families
FASD is often referred to as a “hidden” or “invisible” disability since the majority of individuals affected do not have obvious physical features. In Manitoba schools, programming for students with FASD is done by a team, including the parents, using the student-specific planning process.
The Student Services Unit offers consultative support to school teams who are programming for students with FASD. Services may include student specific recommendations and assistance with determining priority learning needs.
The Student Services Unit also offers an online professional development opportunity to educators who are developing and implementing programming for students with FASD.
The Blackboard course involves 20 hours of reading, viewing videos, and collaborative learning experiences to give educators information to assist them with their work in providing appropriate educational planning for a student with FASD. This professional learning opportunity is recognized by Professional Certification as 20 contact hours towards that may apply towards Special Education Certification: School Counselling Certification: Level 1: School Administrator’s Certificate: Level 2: Principal’s Certificate.
Directory of Services
Some of the organizations within Manitoba that may be of support to students, families and school teams in developing and implementing programs for student s with FASD.
Healthy Child Manitoba
219-114 Garry Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4V6
FAS Information Manitoba
Fetal Alcohol Family Association of Manitoba
210-500 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3X1
FAS/FAE Resource and Information Centre
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
1031 Portage Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3G OR8
Coalition on Alcohol and Pregnancy
1031 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G OR8
FAS/FAE Outreach Team
Unit 3-139 Tuxedo Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3N OH6
Manitoba FASD Strategy The Healthy Child Manitoba Office (HCMO) leads the Manitoba FASD strategy. Information about the strategy can be found at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/fasd/index.html.
Tapping Hidden Strengths: Planning for Students Who Are Alcohol-Affected
This is a planning resource intended to assist educators in meeting the needs of students who are alcohol-affected. Specifically the planning resource provides
- processes and systems that can be used by a school/school division to address the needs of students who are alcohol affected
- strategies and interventions for individual students
- sample tools including forms and support materials
- additional sources of information including resources and useful Internet sites
What Educators Need to Know About FASD: Working Together to Educate Children in Manitoba with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder ( 1.32 MB)
The goal of this resource guide is to provide teachers with a clear understanding of the needs of students with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAS/E) by defining Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE); describing the common learning and behavioral characteristics, and suggesting strategies that may be helpful in supporting children who are alcohol effected in the classroom. French version ( 1.58 MB)
Student-Specific Planning: A Handbook for Developing and Implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
Success for All Learners: A Handbook on Differentiating Instruction: A Resource for Kindergarten to Senior 4 Schools (1996)
Stock #MT 80320
Not available online. Available from Manitoba Textbook Bureau
Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (POPFASD)
POPFASD is a British Columbia Ministry of Education provincial resource program whose mandate is to increase educators' capacity to meet the learning needs of students with FASD. The website provides electronic learning videos to give educators information to assist in providing appropriate educational programming for a student with FASD. Electronic modules can be viewed at
Legislation, Standards and Policies
- Appropriate Educational Programming Regulation 155/2005 ( 122 KB)
- Appropriate Educational Programming in Manitoba: Standards for Student Services
( 130 KB)
- Appropriate Educational Programming: A Handbook for Student Services
Program and Student Services
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7907