Most articles in this issue tell of the hurt and pain families went through raising their children in the 1980s, when little was known about the disease. In all cases, these families opened their hearts and their homes, adopting children they did not realize had FASD.
Tasked with raising her 2 grandchildren rather than have them put in the foster care system, a grandmother shares her heartbreaking journey of trying to support her eldest granddaughter who was diagnosed with an alcohol-related neurological disorder.
While the individual living with FASD may have a challenging time sustaining relationships, the family that surrounds this person could benefit from community support. This article challenges us as the church to reach out. How can we support each other?
While a family had the best of intentions welcoming an adopted child into their home, feeling that their years in social services would prepare them for the journey, the information on how to support a child with FASD has been lacking. Hopefully with more information and understanding of the diagnosis of FASD, stories like Anna's can be re-written.
Enrico Di Giandomenico, Private Consultant-FASD, offers encouragement, reassurance, and hope to caregivers and those who are supporting individuals with this disability with advice based on his many years working with families supporting a loved one with FASD.
To access PDF versions of this newsletter (including large print) and the audio version, please visit the Network post for Summer Breaking Barriers 2020. Spanish and Korean translations of the Summer Breaking Barriers will be available soon.
Fall 2020—Travel. Many people with disabilities find travel to be challenging, if not difficult. We’ll read about people’s adventurous and difficult stories about traveling with a disability in this next edition.
Winter 2021—Unexpected Access. The coronavirus pandemic actually has removed barriers for some people with disabilities, allowing access to communities and spaces that were inaccessible before. If this has been your experience during our long stretch of isolation and distancing, please tell us your story (400 words) of unexpected access by October 30.