New Partnership Announcement!

The Arc of North Carolina and the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program (FASDinNC) announce a new partnership. 

The North Carolina Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program (FASDinNC) is a statewide program funded by the SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) and has been housed at Fullerton Genetics in Asheville, NC since 2002. FASDinNC strives to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies by providing education, training and resources to women of childbearing age and the professionals who serve them. In addition to prevention efforts, FASDinNC also educates professionals about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), how this diagnosis may present across the lifespan, and the importance of early identification and support(s) for individuals with an FASD.

During the current contract year (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) co-leadership of FASDinNC will be shared between Amy Hendricks (FASDinNC) and Melinda Plue (The Arc of NC). As the year progresses, FASDinNC will transition to and fall under the direction of The Arc of NC by July 1, 2020. Together, the partnership will focus on expanding outreach and prevention efforts, with a long-term goal of expanding the capacity of the program to include advocacy and intervention in future years.
The top three initiatives for 2019-2020 are as follows: 
•Increase Awareness about FASDs and the Impact of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies
The Arc of NC’s 2020 Rooted in Advocacy pre-conference event will focus entirely on FASDs, and additional sessions on FASDs will be offered during the main conference. This conference will include presentations by state and national FASD experts and will be held on March 12-13, 2020 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Conference info can be found at Registration for this event opens December 1, 2019.
•Expand Statewide Outreach and Prevention Efforts 
The partnership will host a certified FASD Training of Trainers (ToT) program through Proof Alliance, a nationally recognized organization based in Minnesota. Participants from local chapters of The Arc in NC, staff from our regional offices, and selected participants from other agencies throughout the state, will be selected to go through the ToT. Once participants are trained, they will be charged with the responsibility of providing FASD trainings in their community/catchment area. The ToT will occur April 1-3, 2020 in Raleigh at The Arc of NC’s state headquarters. Space is limited, so if you are interested in becoming a certified trainer, please reach out to Amy Hendricks at for more information about the selection process.
•Create a Targeted Social Media Campaign
FASDinNC and The Arc of NC will host three focus groups among women of reproductive age (18-44 years) in designated regions across the state. The goal is to use the data to create ads for a social media campaign addressing the prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and FASD. If you have questions about hosting a focus group or participating in one of the groups, email Melinda Plue at

ABOUT THE ARC OF NORTH CAROLINA: The Arc of North Carolina has been providing advocacy and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1953. We are committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play.

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If you have additional questions or wish to be involved in these efforts, please reach out and let us know.