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.
The focus of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is the child and the special education services that the school needs to provide in order for the child to be successful. It is a legal, written document that outlines identified services and accommodations. The initial IEP requires written consent by the parent before it can be implemented. The IEP is reviewed annually. The IEP includes a written record of goals, levels of ability, accommodations, related services, and frequency and location of services. The IEP team is made up of school personnel and the parent, and an IEP manager is assigned to coordinate school programming. The roles of the parents and required team members are also outlined in the IEP. The resulting IEP is a single-agency school plan for special education. The services outlined in the IEP are provided to the student at no cost to the family.
Children age 3 to 21 who qualify for special education and related services in schools. If your child under the age of 3 is served under an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) the plan will roll over into an IEP at age 3. It is important to note that just because your child does not have an IEP at age 3 does not mean that he/she cannot get one once he/she is older. Many children with an FASD do not problems in school until 3rd grade, or older.
Either the school or the parent can initiate a special education referral. It’s best to provide your request for special education services in writing to the building principal. A meeting will be set up to discuss an assessment process. Once the evaluation is completed, the school will determine if your child meets eligibility for special services. An IEP is then written.
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What if my child does not qualify for special education?
Consider getting a 504 Plan. A 504 Plan details the modifications and accommodations your child needs. These modifications can include, but are not limited to: