Welcome to the FASD Okanagan Valley Assessment Society
Please note: We are currently in transition; changing our name from Spec-team Assessment Society to FASD Okanagan Valley Assessment Society.
Spec-Team Assessment Society is a registered, non-profit society located in Vernon, British Columbia. Our service area covers the central interior of BC. We are a specialized team (Spec-Team) of professionals who provide an adult suspected of having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) a confirmed diagnosis and follow-up assistance in accessing community supports.
We use respect, show compassion, and demonstrate cultural sensitivity while carrying out an FASD collaborative assessment using the “Canadian FASD Diagnostic Standards”, with the intent to recognize an individual’s strengths and support needs.
Spec-team is interested in increasing resilience and reducing harm by advancing how we all understand and respond to FASD. This is done through advocacy, community engagement, and community capacity building. We aim to reduce the incidence of FASD and ensure people who are affected by FASD are able to lead positive, fulfilling lives.
Spec-Team is committed to :
- Integrity, honesty, trust and respect for all,
- A sustainable future,
- Responding to the unique needs of people in the interior of British Columbia,
- Continuous learning in the field of FASD,
- Honour and promote inclusiveness.
Assessment and Diagnosis
We use the “Canadian Standards for FASD Diagnosis” to confirm a diagnosis of FASD for adults [including youth over 15] . Recommendations and follow up supports are offered.
If you are or know someone who is suspected of having FASD … connect with us to learn more about resources and services in Vernon, Kelowna, Kamloops or the surrounding areas.
FASD is one of the most preventable developmental disabilities. If your organization or workplace offers care services to members of the public or if you interact with people who have FASD, Spec-Team offers workshops to help staff and organizations understand and respond to adults who have or are suspected of having FASD.