By Jeff Noble
One of the most important parts of a caregiver’s job is to help other people understand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – and we know that this can be a very hard job because we are asking people to think in a totally different way then they have before. You can probably think of a few teachers or health
care professionals that might have been a little resistant. Well, our friend
Gabe and his partner (his father, Dr. Ira Chasnoff a leading FASD doctor and researcher) are doing just that through visual media.
As a teacher, coach and speaker I am always looking for new ways and strategies
to help Caregivers explain what FASD really looks like and what life really is like
living and supporting someone with an FASD. Well, I came across a movie that did just that.
Gabe Chasnoff, Producer and Director of Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up with FASDs, has put together a documentary that will help caregivers explain Fetal Alcohol to others by following the stories of four families who are raising someone on the Fetal Alcohol spectrum. As soon as I was done watching this film I made sure to connect with Gabe… so I did and I filmed it.
Standing on the soapbox is a very difficult job – it can be lonely and sometimes
it’s plain old hard and stinky, but our hooting and hollering is making a difference and as our voices come together, we get louder and bring more awareness to FASD. I mean, we found this community, right!?
Enjoy the interview and when you get a chance, watch Gabe’s documentary!
Call to Action: Do you think a documentary about FASD’s would be a good tool
to help educate teachers, health care workers and/or family members?
Let me know in the comments below!