Welcome to Houston Area Partnership for FASD
Founded in 2006, HAP for FASD is the only grassroots group of its kind in Texas. The group successfully planned, coordinated, and hosted four annual FASD conferences that drew hundreds of attendees from around the state, featuring both local FASD parent and self-advocates as well as renowned speakers i.e. Kathleen Mitchell, MHS Vice President and International Spokesperson for NOFAS; Dan Dubovsky, MSW, National FASD Specialist for the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence; and Heather Carmichael Olson, PhD, attending clinical psychologist at the University of Washington FAS clinic.
However, a local FASD parent joined the partnership in 2009 and encouraged the members to look beyond conference planning in order to focus more succintly on awareness and resources to address the unmet needs of those living with FASD. The newly energized group developed a strategic plan in 2010, re-established a Parent/Support Group, launched a website in 2011, and aligned with the Texas FASD Collaborative in 2012.