Touchstone

TOUCHSTONE FASD PROGRAM
The name Touchstone describes the mentoring relationship between program staff and program participants. Within this relationship mentors work towards becoming a “reference point” or “touchstone” for participants. Touchstone also provides education for communities in which participants live. As the community’s FASD awareness and understanding spread, participants consequently experience increased dignity and the growth of new opportunities; like the ripples of a skipping stone.

FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD)
The term FASD describes the range of physical characteristics and brain differences that may affect a person who has had prenatal exposure to alcohol.  Most often there are no physical characteristics to
indicate a person has FASD; FASD is a brain-based disability.

TOUCHSTONE PROGRAMS INCLUDE
•  The Outreach Program (Independent living supports)
•  The Residential Support Program
•  The Visions and Voices Program

AT TOUCHSTONE WE WILL
• Mentor participants using a FASD, harm reduction and trauma informed lens
• Build healthy therapeutic relationships with participants
• Acknowledge the importance of cultural identities and strive to provide support that is culturally safe
• Reach out to participants who are not easily accessible but are seeking to connect
• Celebrate and nurture participants’ strengths, growth and successes
• Advocate on behalf of participants and their families
• Develop residential support models for individual participants when appropriate
• Support participants who are 18 years of age through the transition to adulthood/adult services
• Collaborate with families, funders, and all other external agencies who are a part of the participants’ support team in order to provide holistic services for each participant
• Promote awareness of FASD in communities across Manitoba through Touchstone’s Vision and Voices Program
• Ensure that participants have access to food and emergency shelters

 

Visions and Voices presenters are adults who live with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Visions and Voices seeks to increase awareness in communities in order to reduce the stigma of FASD and to encourage healthy living. We believe storytelling is a powerful tool to increase dignity for those living with FASD.

Presenters are role models who are willing to share their stories of hope, struggle, and accomplishment with the public. Visions and Voices has been invited to present all over Manitoba to teachers, families, police officers, caregivers, social workers, and many others.

ryanRyan Twohearts

Favorite Topic Areas: Family/Relationships, Education System, Community workers
“I’m not afraid to take a stand.”
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Russ Hilsher

Favorite Topic Areas: Justice System, Parenting/Family, Addictions, Community Supports
“Supportive people who understand FASD helps me make my life go in the right direction.”
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Jessica Pic 1Jessica Siddle

Favorite Topic Areas: Education System, Spirituality/Faith
“Let’s stop FASD!”
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Lisa Pic 2Lisa Morrisseau

Favorite Topic Areas: Parenting/Family, Heathcare System
“We all struggle, but we all struggle a little more or a little differently.”
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Nikki Swirsky

Favorite Topic Areas: Parenting/Family, Education System, Healthcare System
“I know I’m different, but I’ve also been taught that I can do anything if I just set my mind to it.”
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Trevor Pic 1Trevor Russell

Favorite Topic Areas: Justice System, Addictions, CFS/Foster Care, Community Supports
“If you’ve met “one” person with FASD, you’ve only met “one” person with FASD.”
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Kaitlin Larabie

Favorite Topic Areas: Education System, Family Support, Employment
“You can’t just tell people not to drink when they’re pregnant, because you don’t know what they’re going through.”
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Chris Pic 1Chis Martin
Favorite Topic Areas: Community Supports, CFS/Foster Care, Family
We are good people, with a brain injury.
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