NOFAS has established the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Justice Task Force to address the issues surrounding FASD and the criminal justice system. The task force disseminates information and resources, advocates for legislation and policies, and develops and conducts conferences for legal professionals.
In 2017, the task force will develop an action plan for addressing FASDs and legal issues. Topics will include:
- Screening in judicial settings
- Training for law enforcement, and court and corrections personnel
- Legal advocacy for defendants
- Sentencing mitigation for non-violent offenders
- Research on the prevalence of FASDs in correctional settings
- Inclusion of FASDs in State intellectual disability definitions
Produced by NOFAS in conjunction with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), the task force has developed a videotaped FASD training session for protection and advocacy attorneys who advance the legal rights of people with developmental disabilities, including FASDs.
A DVD of the training session will be disseminated through NDRN in 2017.
The training features a welcome from NDRN Director Curtis Decker, an overview of NDRN services and resources, background on FASDs including the cognitive and behavioral characteristics of the disorders in adolescents and adults, and guidance for identifying a client with an FASD and advocating on their behalf.
January 27, 2017
“Advocating for Individuals and Families Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)”
Judiciary Education and Conference Center, Annapolis, Maryland
The conference is hosted by the Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Association (CASA), and will feature William Edwards, Dr. Douglas Waite, MD, Medical Director of The Keith Haring Clinic at Children’s Village in New York, Dr. Larry Burd, Ph.D., and Diane Smith Howard.
February 3, 2017
“Advocating for Individuals (and their Families) Living with FASD”
Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Conference agenda, PowerPoint presentations and other resources
The conference is hosted by the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, LSU Human Development Center, Tulane University School of Law, National Disability Rights Network, and NOFAS. William Edwards, Diane Smith Howard, Dr. Larry Burd, and distinguished legal experts will present on juvenile and adult criminal justice, early childhood and special education, advocacy and other topics.
“This compendium of peer-reviewed articles edited by task force Chair William Edwards is the essential reference on the many facets of FASD and the law. “
Committees and Work Groups
Interagency Coordinating Committee on FASD Justice Issues Work Group
American Bar Association
American Bar Association FASD Resolution: Adopted by the House of Delegates – August 6-7, 2012