If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
For some families the road to having their child receive special education services under an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a smooth one and relatively easy to navigate to the needed services and development of the plan. For others, their child may struggle with schooling for awhile before […]
What? An evaluation is the first step in determining is a student is eligible for special education services. When the child is struggling to keep up with his/her peers or is failing courses an evaluation to determine the cause is an appropriate course of action. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) govern the evaluation […]
What? There are 13 categories for disabilities in MN. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) falls into category 9: Other Health Disabilities (OHD). The OHD category includes any child whose ability to learn and function at school is impaired as a result of a mild or severe health condition. FASD is a brain disorder that manifests […]
What? Modifications and accommodations are often times needed by children receiving special education services. They assist the student in their ability to learn, function independently in the school environment and to meet their goals outlined in the special education plan. A modification means that a change is being made to the course/curriculum used by the […]
A related service that can assist the child in accessing special education services, supplement a special education services or work in partnership with those programs. A related service can be transportation and/or developmental, corrective or other supportive services that are required to assist the child in participating in special education services. There must be a […]
What? The Individual Education Act (IDEA) requires that a student be provided with assistive technology services that will help maintain, increase or improve the child’s ability to learn and function in the school system. Assistive technology devices could be as simple as a pencil grip or as technical as a augmentative communication system. Assistive technology […]
What? A Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is used when a specific behavior requires a detailed plan of action. The plan is written by the school IEP team and must be agreed to by the parent. The agreement must be obtained in writing. Whenever possible it is best if during the assessment process for special education […]
What? An FBA is a process for gathering information to determine what behaviors your child has that are barriers to a successful education experience. An FBA assessment takes place across all school settings at different times of the school day over a 30 day period, unless otherwise specified by the IEP team, which includes the […]
What? Due Process is the rights that an individual has within the Individuals with Disability Education Act. Because this typically involves a minor child or an adult under guardianship, the due process involved the family who acts on behalf of the child as their advocate. Due process includes the written notice of procedural safeguards that […]
What? A manifestation determination review is to decide whether or not the school may enforce regular discipline policy to a student with a disability for a violation of district policies. A Generally a student is allowed to remain in their current placement within the school setting until a determination is made. Who? A team of […]
What? At a school team meeting or evaluation determination meeting, a school representative may ask the parent for written permission to access third party billing to pay for the costs of services programs and testing. The school district must show proof that they have made an effort to utilize other funding sources to pay for […]
The following includes acronyms and terminology related to special education. Acronyms: ADLs: Activities of Daily Living EBD: Emotional Behavioral Disorder FAPE: Free Appropriate Public Education IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act LRE: Least Restrictive Environment OHD: Other Health Disorders PLP: Present Level of Performance VR: Vocational Rehabilitation Terminology: Appropriate Education: An individual education program that […]
What? An Interagency Plan (IP) provides coordinated interagency planning for children with disabilities who receive education and services from at least one public agency other than the school. Public agencies involved in the IP can include county mental health management, mental health services under Children’s Therapeutic Support Services, Personal Care Assistant/Waiver services and Public Health. […]