The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon is a non-profit organization dedicated to FASD prevention and fostering accepting and educated communities where individuals with FASD have equal access to opportunities to reach their full potential."
"FASSY envisions a Yukon in which Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is prevented and where persons with FASD are fully included in Yukon society."
Morgan Fawcett on Living with FASD
Living with FASD: Myles Himmelreich
Published on April 23, 2013: Myles speaks to what it is like to live with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder on a daily basis, what his journey has been growing up, and what he needs in order to have success today.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Recovering Hope is an intimate and evocative video about the mothers and families of children who are affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The video, created for viewing by women in recovery and their counselors, is divided into to half-hour episodes to allow time for discussion within a treatment session.
Eight women tell poignant, memorable stories. They speak out about how alcohol use during pregnancy affected their children, how they are learning effective new ways to parent, and how they are recovering hope for the future. Six researchers and clinicians support these stories by explaining the physical, mental, behavioral and learning disabilities associated with FASD and discussing evaluation and intervention services
Puppets and hip hop lead the fight against foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Anyinginyi Aboriginal Health Corporation health workers Cathy Malla, Adele Gibson, and Leonie Williams introduce the puppet family taking up the fight against foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Tennant Creek to the Chronic Diseases Network Conference in Darwin. (Anyinginyi Aboriginal Health Corporation)
A collection of puppets depicting a Tennant Creek family affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), is opening a difficult conversation. The choices parents make could prevent babies being born into lives of health and behavioural problems.
FASD is an umbrella term describing a range of permanent birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The challenge for Adele Gibson, the FASD Coordinator for the Anyinginyi Aboriginal Health Corporation in Tennant Creek, was overcoming cultural, educational and language barriers to the prevention message.
To read the rest of this article follow this link ... http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2013/11/18/3893634.htm
Raising Adrian – My Own Experience with FASD in America
In August 2008 an adorable, Hispanic toddler walked through our front door and into our family.
Although he was two years and eight months old, he was non-verbal, wore clothes sized for an 18-month-old, and looked to be very unhealthy. His skin color was ashen, it felt clammy to the touch, and he had quite a bit of bruising on his little body.
Adrian and his younger brother had been in many foster homes before coming to live with us, and had lived in foster care their entire lives. We were their seventh placement. Their five-year-old sister followed a week later. She had been living in a different foster home, and we were her twelfth placement.
I wondered why mere babies would have been moved so many times. Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) was scheduled for October, two months later, and that put us on the fast track to adoption.
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National Awareness & Prevention Campaign & Research Presentations Conference on FASD
Thursday May 29 & Friday May 30 2014
April 09, 2014 to April 12, 2014
Yellowknife: March 4 - 5 2014
Toronto February 26 - 28 2014
The Best Start Resource Centre Conference is an annual event for service providers working on preconception health, prenatal health, and early child development to meet, share, reflect, network and be inspired! The annual conference attracts over 300 participants each year. In addition to offering excellent peer sharing opportunities, the conference allows service providers and policy makers to increase their knowledge and learn innovative strategies and programs relevant to their work. The annual conference will focus on strategies and solutions - from policy to practice. More specifically, the conference will showcase examples of the best and promising practice across Ontario and across multiple settings related to family, maternal, newborn and child health.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Implications for the Justice System
with Sheila Burns
Thursday February 27, 2014
Register at: www.fasdwaterlooregion.ca
(registration starts January 13, 2014)
Family Centre, 65 Hanson Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario
This webnair is being held January 17 2014
Summer Snow is a novel set in the powerful geography of Northern Canada and in the ambiguity of cross-cultural relations. It is peopled with vibrant characters who form a large part of Amanda’s life and who are entangled in Amanda’s dedication to her daughter. It is a story of love, hope, and acceptance.
Eleanor Millard resides in Carcross, and has lived nearly a half century in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Now semi-retired, she has worked as a social worker , an adult educator, and a Member of the Yukon Legislative Assembly. She adopted a Yukon First Nation girl affected by FASD in 1975 and much of Summer Snow is her actual experience, candidly revealed.
You can order this book by going to this website www.eleanormillard.com
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Authored by renowned expert Dr. Loretta Finnegan, the report outlines the unique harms of substance use for women in general and pregnant women in particular. It aims to raise awareness amongst healthcare providers, so they will explore these issues with their patients and provide unbiased, compassionate information to women of childbearing age and their partners.
FASD Canadian news
New listserv ('announcement-only' group; moderated by Elspeth Ross)
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Acknowledges International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day
Assembly of First Nations
September 9, 2013
Saskatchewan Supports Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day
Government of Saskatchewan
September 9, 2013
B.C. marks FASD Prevention and Support Day
British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development
September 9, 2013
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Acknowledges International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
September 9, 2013
The Crees of Eeyou Istchee Launch the First FASD Diagnostic and Intervention Clinic in Québec
Grand Council of the Crees
September 9, 2013
Support and awareness are key to ending FASD
Minister of Children and Family Development
September 6, 2013
Lack of post-adoption support for families with special needs
University of Ottawa
September 4, 2013
Alberta recognizes International FASD Awareness Day
August 23, 2013
Yukon government implements study to determine the prevalence of FASD in corrections population
Government of Yukon
August 2, 2013
$1.7M project examines genetic roots of FASD
July 29, 2013
Early view paper and abstracts
Special Issue on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research
Canada FASD Research Network