WHITECROW VILLAGE FASD SOCIETY is a non-profit, charitable organisation committed to educating communities and professionals about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and to improving the lives of those who are affected by this prominent neurodevelopmental disability.
FASD affects all facets of society and reaches across all social and professional domains. It transcends cultural and economic diversities, and is reported to be the highest occurring birth defect in North America (topping Muscular Dystrophy, HIV Infection, Spina Bifida, and Down Syndrome). Health Canada estimates that 9 out of every 1000 babies born have FASD, and that one child with FAS is born every day in Canada. Without proper support and understanding, persons with FASD are at risk for many secondary disabilities including drug and alcohol addictions, trouble with the law, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, depression, and suicide.
Whitecrow Village is for and about community. Our programs offer a model for a way of life and a way of being with one another. Wherever and whenever we come together, we create a place where regardless of age, colour, gender, social class, disability or ability, sexual preference, religious persuasion, and all other things that have been used to divide and create disharmony among peoples throughout history each person has equal value and belonging. Each voice is heard; as each completes our circle.
Our core Live-In FASD Education (L.I.F.E.) Sessions – affectionately known as “camps” – present a microcosm of the “real” world, where we live, work, and play together; and where we learn how to understand and appreciate each other; acknowledging our limitations as well as our gifts.