FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience.
Episode 55 is a two part episode featuring Emmaus Holder. Emmaus Holder is a student at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where he is a Morehead-Cain Scholar. At UNC, he is a Sociology Major and a Music Minor. He is an alumni and a mentor of the program known as H.Y.P.E. or Helping Yourself with Pride Through Education, which is a step team focused on academic achievement, community engagement, mentorship and competitive dance. Emmaus is the oldest sibling of five, including two brothers with FASD. Emmaus is currently planning and embarking on a 4,000 mile cross-country bike trip titled "FASD Across America". Through this adventure, Emmaus will be interviewing family members and caregivers of individuals with FASD to give them the opportunity to share their stories and understand ways in which the FASD community can be better aided and supported.
Part 1 explores Emmaus journey and experiences as being the big brother of two younger brothers with FASD. He shares his family's journey, lessons learned and advice to parents and other siblings of those individuals with an FASD. In Part 2, Emmaus shares his hopes, goals and plans for his cross-country bike journey "FASD Across America".