Over a one-year period, this study investigated the contributions made by three literacy-based supports (support circles, cognitive compensatory tools and cognitive enhancement tools) to the lives of five young adults with FAS/FAE (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects), ranging in age from 16 to 34 years. Each of these support systems was designed to help the young adults cope with daily living challenges such as everyday memory failure, disorganisation, and social isolation. Based on the observation that many individuals with FAS/FAE who live satisfying, productive lives do so because they have tightly knit, devoted support groups (generally parents and siblings), the study set out to explore the role that literacy-based supports might play in these individuals' lives.
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