This is Me was originally inspired by a need to provide individuals with FASD a better way to understand their diagnosis. During development of this visual resource, it became apparent this presentation could benefit a much broader audience. The scope then expanded to include caregivers living and working with individuals with FASD, such as teachers, service providers and people working within the criminal justice system. This is Me strives to celebrate the strengths and resilience of persons with FASD, the reasons why some individuals may have challenges in particular situations, and the strategies that promote success.
This is Me Expands Online
Originally provided to professionals working with individuals with FASD, version 1.0 and 1.01 (2007) were initially only available on CD-ROM. As the recognized use for the learning tool expanded, a joint initiative between New Directions; FASD Family Support, Education and Counselling Program, the Manitoba FASD Centre and the FASD Youth Justice Program was formed to develop this website for broader audiences in early 2019.
This is Me offers respectful, visually interesting, animated examples of the strengths and challenges faced by people with FASD, in addition to strategies for accommodation.
Used as a Self-guided Learning tool or Facilitator-Led Workshop Tool
In addition to giving individuals with FASD a better understanding of their strengths, challenges, and actions, This is Me has been designed to be flexible for both self-guided learning or as part of a facilitator-led workshop. It is intended to help stimulate participant creativity in developing strategies for adapting environments to be a better fit for people with FASD.