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Extended FASD Support Program

Advocacy and support for adults living with (or suspected of living with) FASD who are experiencing current justice involvement

Research suggests that individuals with an FASD are more likely to have contact with the criminal justice system due to neuropsychological deficits in judgment, understanding consequences of behaviour and learning cause and effect.

Retrieved September 28, 2021, Correctional Service Canada,

The Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS)’s Extended FASD Support Program supports individuals in 5 areas:

  • Justice Advocacy
  • Exploration and Connection to Natural Supports
  • Referral for an FASD Assessment
  • Assistance with applying for Financial Supports
  • Support connections to health and well-being professionals

FASD Action Hall

The FASD Action Hall (FAH) is a peer support group for individuals living with FASD and their support person(s).  The group designs what the sessions will be and the topics they want to cover over the year. (Jan to June and Sept to Dec)

Participation in FAH can result in individuals having a better understanding of FASD and their personal strengths.

How to apply

  • Call CJHS at 403-266-4566.

FASD links to review for important information

Alex finds a family at CJHS

Alex has been coming to the Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS) since he was 16, when the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) he lives with led him to legal troubles. “I’m still trying to learn how FASD affects my life.” Read more

What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

A medical diagnosis that describes the range of brain injuries, birth defects and developmental disabilities that can result when alcohol is introduced to the fetus during pregnancy.
It affects different people in different ways and is based on individual characteristics and features that may be physical, cognitive, or behavioural.

What are the possible symptoms?

> Learning and memory difficulties
> Speech and language problems
> Impulsive behaviour
> Social difficulties
> Sensory challenges
> Motor skill and physical problems
Source: Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network