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.
When your child turns 14 or starts 9th grade, it is time to start thinking about life after school and begin writing a Transition Plan. A Transition Plan identifies the supports the student needs to be able to make the transition from school to working and living in the community and provides a plan for that transition. Because the student is old enough to participate in the Transition Plan meeting, it is important to use their input and structure the plan around their interests, strengths and goals for their future.
Students who currently have an IEP, at age 14 or when the student begins 9th grade. The student’s IEP team (or in some schools the Transition Planning team) that works together to write the plan should include parents, the student, school and representatives from the various organizations involved in the student’s transition. Examples of the types of organizations include post-secondary education providers, vocational rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and social services agencies.
Transition services are available until age 21 as long as the student does not graduate. Students are able to participate in the graduation ceremony at their high school before continuing school until age 21. However, once the student receives a diploma, they no longer qualify for transition services.
There are five areas of transition that the team looks at. Post secondary school/training; employment; home and independent living; recreation and leisure; and community participation. The team develops goals or action plans in each of these areas. Most often, the plan is developed using a transition planning tool. It may require additional assessments in order to gauge the students interest and strengths. When the student is 17, the school is required to provide them with information on their rights when they turn 18. This is a good time to talk about guardianship with the child.
“Whenever I started to think about my child not living in my home where I an be assured that his needs are met, I would be filled with anxiety. Starting the conversation in ninth grade gave me the opportunity to get use to the idea of him being on his own. Over the next four years, the IEP team tackled many of my concerns, did a great job of utilizing my son’s strengths and interests in developing the plan for life after high school. Now we are both looking forward to graduation day!”