We are excited to announce that through the generosity of The Constance and Jay Mazelsky Family Fund, we are offering several books about FASD FREE! 

Connie and Jay Mazelsky have established a fund to make leadership investments in organizations with the potential to have major impact in the field of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).  Although fetal alcohol exposure has been known for decades to cause lifelong, permanent brain damage and birth defects, as a cause it has remained very much in the shadows. 

Early donations from the Mazelsky family fund include supporting Dr. Christie Petrenko’s work on FASD interventions and clinician training at the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Clinic; the Disability Roadmap documentary films produced by Dan Habib, Inclusive Communities Project Director at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, New York; and NCFASD Informed, a leading organization to promote FASD training for professionals and supports for families and individuals with FASD in North Carolina.

Below are the books that we are offering:

The Accomplice       Melissa Jacobus 

A mother’s four-year journey with two of her adult children with FASD.  If you want  someone to understand what it is like to parent a daughter or son with FASD, this is the book to read.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder          Ellen Rodger & Rosie Gowsell

This book is appropriate for those with an FASD who are 14 through young adulthood.

Guided Growth: Educational and Behavioral Interventions for Children and Teens with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Early Trauma      Ira J. Chasnoff & Ronald J. Powell

The audiences for this book are teachers, parents, actually anyone involved with assisting children and youth with FASD.

Trying Differently Rather Than Harder    Diane Malbin

The gold standard book on using the neurobehavioral approach in interacting with an individual with an FASD.

The Way I am is Different  Helen Simpson

A children’s book about a boy with FASD. The author is an adult living with FASD.

To receive a book, you must live in North Carolina.

Send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line of Free Book

  • Full name and address
  • Book you like to receive (you may list two in order of preference in case we run out of your first choice)
  • The reason you would like the book (ex: I am a parent; I would like to give this to my child’s grandmother, teacher, therapist, psychiatrist, other physician, etc.)

While we have purchased more than 200 books, the total we expend on postage, even at media rate, will be significant.  If you can offer a donation through PayPal for this, or possibly meet someone nearby to receive the book, we would appreciate your assistance.   Also, please share your book with others who will read it to understand those with an FASD.