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FASD Worker - ABLE2: Support for People with Disabilities

Mar 01, 2021
Ottawa, Ontario

ABLE2 has been present in the Ottawa community since 1974. It is the only agency in the community that supports people of all ages across the disability spectrum. ABLE2 is an inclusive community that welcomes values and supports diversity and inclusion in all area of society. If you believe that ordinary citizens can play a role that no-one else can in enhancing the quality of life of someone who is isolated and vulnerable because of age or disability, ABLE2 would like to hear from you.

Position Summary

Reporting to the FARP Manager, the FASD Worker will deliver service centred on children, youth and families of an individual with (or with suspected) FASD by leading the development of a strengths-based support plan. Additional responsibilities include working with the family, service providers and educators to build capacity for supporting the child/youth and identify strategies to meet the specific needs of the child/youth and family based on the best available evidence of FASD supports. The FASD Worker will be knowledgeable about FASD and will compliment the current efforts of service providers within their community to provide direct intervention support, collaboration, and system navigation across multiple sectors, such as health, education, youth justice, community and social services, post-secondary, and employment and training. The FASD Worker will also connect children and youth with FASD, their families and service providers to interventions and supports including those developed through the other components of the FASD Strategy.

Core Competencies

  • Listening
  • Counselling
  • Good judgment
  • Professionalism


  • Work with children/youth with (or with suspected) FASD and their families to develop a support plan based on individual strengths and needs and informed by the child/youth and family’s vision, goals, and concerns.
  • Support connections to diagnostic supports (as available) and provide information to families as post-diagnosis support.
  • Support connections to other services and, with consent, share information and the service plan so the family doesn’t have to repeat their story.
  • Work with the family, service providers and educators supporting the child/youth to build capacity and identify strategies to meet the child’s needs.
  • Explore flexible and innovative approaches for service delivery to meet the needs of children/youth and families and to bring forward innovative solutions.
  • Provide information to parents, caregivers and school personnel about behavioural symptoms associated with FASD and helpful approaches.
  • If a child/youth has multiple and complex needs and their family requires the more intensive support of a Service Planning Coordinator and the Coordinated Service Planning Process, support the connection to a dedicated Service Planning Coordinator and remain involved as part of the Coordinated Service Planning team.
  • Work with youth, and their family and service providers across sectors to plan for a transition from child and youth services to adult services, if required.
  • At a local system level, work to improve awareness of FASD through delivery of FASD presentations, workshops, and webinars; support local cross-sectoral planning tables (such as Special Needs Strategy Cross-Sectoral Committees) to identify gaps and opportunities for improving supports for FASD.
  • Engage with different cultural groups (e.g. Indigenous or francophones) to discuss how to best meet needs of children and youth with FASD in their communities.
  • Facilitate parent-to-parent connections; facilitate support groups for caregivers, children, and youth.
  • Participate in provincially offered training to increase their own and their organization’s capacity to support children and youth with FASD and their families.
  • Participate and engage in the Provincial FASD Worker Community of Practice.
  • The FASD Workers will not duplicate an existing service.
  • Other duties, relevant to the position as required.


  • Diploma or bachelor’s degree (social work or related human social field) and at least three years work OR equivalent experience with vulnerable or at-risk populations including special needs
  • 2 – 3 years’ experience working with the child and youth service system
  • Knowledge of FASD and child development
  • Commitment to strength-based principles of child, youth, and family centeredness
  • Driver’s licence and access a reliable vehicle
  • Bilingual required

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong counselling skills
  • Ability to maintain strong professional boundaries
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing trauma
  • Ability to work independently and contribute to a team
  • Strong organizational and reporting skills

Work Conditions

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Possibility to work at home
  • Managing competing demands
  • Interact with the public at large
  • Some overtime may be required

Position Classification

Full-time 12-month contract; 35 hours per week; hourly.

Contract dates: March 2021 to February 28, 2022 with the potential of extension or offer of permanent position after one year based on job performance and funding.

Candidates may forward their resume and covering letter indicating their salary expectations and why they are interested in this position to Manon Kelso, by email at Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021.

For more information on ABLE2 visit:  ABLE2 is committed to reflecting and responding to the diversity of the people and communities we serve and is seeking that diversity in applicants for this position. While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Relocation funding is not available for this position.

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