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Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder draws pic of his service dog

By April 27, 2012 March 25th, 2017 No Comments

When a baby is exposed to alcohol while in their mother’s womb, they may be born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Similar to the Autism Spectrum, FASDs range from mild to severe in their impact on an individual and family’s life.

The effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and or learning disabilities. 90% of fetal alcohol affected kids look just like your neighbor’s. Until you spend time with them.

Iyal Winokur welcomed Chancer into his family in 2008. Chancer has the honor of being the world’s first FASD service dog.

Chancer’s presence defines Iyal’s space in public in a very unique way. In a sense, Chancer legitimizes Iyal’s invisible disability.

The dog validates the child’s experience—even if it appears like willful disobedience to others. Chancer functions as Iyal’s ambassador to the world paving a path for communication and acceptance. That is why, it seemed crucial that the story, Nuzzle – Love Between a Boy and His Service Dog, unfold through Chancer’s voice. Iyal’s mom, Donnie Kanter Winokur, interprets the world to Iyal and Iyal to the world.