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'Reach For It!’ is an outreach, recreational program designed specifically for children and youth with FASD for the sole purpose of creating/building positive relationships with law enforcement and first responders, including: police, fire fighters and/or paramedics.
Having law enforcement individuals (in uniform) interact in a positive manner with children with FASD, allows for a concrete visual to create a positive connection with law enforcement.
A program where children, youth and families living with FASD experience success and recognize their strengths.
History of ‘Reach For It!’
‘Reach For It’ was created in 2012 when a mother of child with FASD was looking for a role model for her son in Waterloo
‘Reach For It’ is a program involving recreation, education and mentorship for children and youth living with FASD
Police officers (and first responders) are the mentors
Over the years this program has grown to include over 47 police officers
The program has been offered for free with ‘in kind’ donations through the community
What sets the ‘Reach For It!’ Program a part from other outreach programs?
‘Reach For It!’ is the first program designed specifically for individuals with FASD
Attendees are matched with 1:1 volunteer from law enforcement
Each volunteer has undergone FASD training and approaches each attendee and activity with a FASD informed lens
Each event is adapted for success of an individual with FASD, including things such as: visual schedules, reducing environmental stimuli and 1:1 support
Attendees are invited to take part in any of the activities at their own pace, with minimal expectations on completion of the task