National Award given for work in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Field

Pictured left: Peggy Combs, long time NOFAS supporter and on the right: Sr. Suzette Fisher, SND

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) recently awarded Sr. Suzette Fisher, SND, their first affiliate Circle of Excellence Award in Washington DC recently.  Sr. Suzette is a co-founder of Double ARC and currently is Director of Client Services for the nonprofit organization which is sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame.  She received the award for her “outstanding efforts in the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders”.

In 2004, Double ARC, through Sr. Suzette, was the driving force, with Hope Taft (then the Ohio Governor’s wife) in starting Ohio’s FASD steering committee, an interdepartmental FASD work group of representatives from various state departments.

In 2006, when Double ARC joined the state affiliate network of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), Sr. Suzette became the representative for NOFAS Ohio.  The goal of the NOFAS Affiliate Network is to unite FASD organizations in an International coalition for the purpose of preventing FASD and meeting the needs of people living with the disorders, while each member organization maintains its identity and autonomy.

Double ARC is in its 25th year of serving children with FASD and their families through education, intervention and advocacy. NOFAS works to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol and other substances of abuse known to harm fetal development by raising awareness and supporting women before and during their pregnancy, and supports individuals, families, and communities living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and other preventable intellectual/developmental disabilities.

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