Lead researchers Rebecca Caines and Michelle Stewart completed a successful outreach trip to Yukon and British Columbia, taking the Improv Toolkit on the road for feedback, and making new connections for the project’s next stages.
Whitehorse, Yukon has been selected to be the Canada site for the international improvisation project exploring strengths and creativity for people with disabilities.
Researchers visited Whitehorse in July and worked with FASSY (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon) who is a partner on the project. The researchers demonstrated workshops to a range of agencies and families. The workshops, based on the Community Improv Toolkit, use theatre, music, visual arts, improvised games and creative technologies including iPad apps to help people communicate, share their stories, make art and share their experiences.
For more info: http://improvenabled.ca/
In Memory of Bill Stewart
FASSY, along with Bill’s family, have created a support fund for people living with FASD. This fund has been created in his memory to honor him and his desire to help others.
Bill supported many people throughout the Yukon in many ways and was willing to go the extra steps to do so. He also encouraged people to pass it forward when they were able.
The support fund called “Bill it forward“ will help individuals who wish to pursue a program or educational opportunity (academic, artistic or other); obtain job-related assistance (resume development, bus pass and/or other); or require emergency assistance (food, housing and/or other).
Inset picture by N. Bauberger
background photo by R. Plaskett
“At the end of the day, everyone is born with a unique set of abilities; but it is society that disables people preventing them from full inclusion and participation,” said Chief Commissioner Marie-Claude Landry. “We applaud this milestone, but we know that the fight for equality and inclusion for persons with disabilities is still very real.”
Policy and Communications Unit
Department of Justice, Government of Yukon
We are excited to launch our new booklet: Walking With Us; Support That Works. This publication will be available starting on International FASD Awareness Day – September 9th at Shipyards Park. Booklets will also be available after that day by contacting us at 867-393-4948.
Walking With Us; Support That Works is a collection of stories and perspectives on the topic of support. 13 people with FASD were interviewed for their insights and many also shared their art work to showcase. Four main themes arose from this project: The Social Context of Support; Risking Trust & Relationship; Being Heard; and Being There.
Here is just a sample of the booklet to preview:
If you would like to donate to the FASSY lunch program, please visit the Canada Helps campaign page at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/fetal-alcohol-syndrome-society-of-yukon/1-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-society-yukon-fassy/
The campaign ends June 30th!