Meet Donnie Kanter Winokur
"FASDempowered—educating communities about FASD "
“Donnie Kanter Winokur's passion in building awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) has helped many and opened eyes to professionals working with persons with this brain damage. Donnie utilized her pre-adoption professional skills in founding NOFAS - Georgia and developing statewide and national awareness. It is a privilege to work beside her. Her role as service dog handler for Chancer for her son has moved mountains and opened doors for other children with FASD.” – Jodee Kulp
While Donnie’s interest is based on first-hand experience parenting her own son who is affected by fetal alcohol syndrome and a host of other disorders, her outreach extends to the international level in the field of developmental disabilities.
From 2005 to 2009 Donnie worked diligently to develop and establish NOFAS Georgia, Georgia’s first state affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS).
In 2008, Donnie’s son, Iyal, obtained the first certified FASD Assistance Dog in the world. Since then, she presents to international experts on the profound benefits of providing service dogs for children living with FASDs and other “invisible disabilities”.
She consults with Georgia State University’s Center for Leadership in Disability and is serving an appointed 6-year term with Georgia’s State Advisory Panel on Special Education. Currently Donnie serves on the Committee for Developmental Disabilities at Jewish Family and Career Services in Atlanta and as a Board of Directors’ member for All About Developmental Disabilities. Donnie has recently been appointed to work with Georgia’s Children’s Justice Act Advisory Committee which is a CAPTA Citizen Review Panel.
Her family’s story has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest Canada and Guideposts magazine. Donnie’s writing about FASDs has been published in Adoption Today magazine, the International Journal on Child and Adolescent Health, and Living with FASD for the FASD Support Network of Saskatchewan, Inc.
Her internationally award-winning children’s book; “Nuzzle – the love between a boy and his service dog” was published in 2011. This followed her 11-year old daughter’s award-winning book, “My Invisible World – life with my brother, his disability and his service dog”.
Donnie seeks to find innovative ways in which to advocate for all who are touched by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
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