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Mini pow wow honours mothers and late FASD advocate

THUNDER BAY— The Honouring Mothers Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day 11th Annual Mini Pow Wow, held Sept. 9 in Thunder Bay, featured an honour song for the late Dave Fulton to acknowledge his work with FASD. “He is the original person who started FASIN, the Fetal Alcohol Support and Information Network, in Thunder […]

Conversation boosts honesty over drinking in pregnancy, study finds

A “conversational approach” is the most successful way of encouraging honest disclosure of drinking habits by pregnant women, a new study says. This contrasts with previous research that had recommended midwives should use formal screening tools, such as structured questionnaires. The new study, from Stirling and Edinburgh universities, said it was important to build trust. […]

Midland mother knows how fetal alcohol spectrum disorder affects families

Debbie Simpson, a midland mother knows how FASD affects families. Her five-year-old stepson Dante Edmonds was diagnosed was FASD in March. He also lives with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Simpson also cares for 15-month-old Kanye McDanial-Kamara, who, while too young to diagnose, is already showing signs of a developmental disorder. “All kids living with […]

From Research to Impact: How Efficient Are Our Health Interventions?

The challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities can be complex, and families often access a wide range of specialized clinical, educational, and community-based interventions to help their children. But the reality is money is limited and competition to fund these interventions and services can be stiff. How efficient are our health interventions? Being able to prove […]

Making alcohol more accessible is a bad move

From The Waterloo Region Record, by Mary K. Cunningham, September 10th, 2019 Making alcohol more accessible is a bad move, the provincial initiatives to make it easier to buy beer and wine will increase the rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. So Rick Rabba, president of Rabba Fine Foods, sees alcohol sales in his stores […]

University of Regina project to address over-representation of Indigenous people in corrections

The Government of Canada is committed to addressing the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system. Through the Indigenous Community Corrections Initiative (ICCI), it supports the development of alternatives to custody and reintegration projects for Indigenous offenders. Today, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale announced an investment […]

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder campaign launches at LCBO

THUNDER BAY – No amount of alcohol is safe for women who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. That was the message delivered on Friday afternoon, as the NorWest Community Health Centre’s FASD campaign launches at LCBO, reminding women and those around them that alcohol and babies in the womb don’t mix. Maureen […]

Walk raising awareness for FASD

This Saturday, Sept. 7 a walk raising awareness for FASD is helping get the conversation started. It’s being held at Gillies Lake Conservation Area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for FASD Awareness Day. People are asked to wear red to promote the visibility of people living with FASD. The walk is hosted by the FASD Awareness […]

Surgeon General Releases Advisory on Marijuana’s Damaging Effects on the Developing Brain

Today, Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams, issued an advisory emphasizing the importance of protecting youth and pregnant women from marijuana’s damaging effects on the developing brain. Marijuana, or cannabis, is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a component of marijuana, binds to receptors in the brain, producing […]

Red Shoes Rock and raise awareness for FASD

Red Shoes Rock for FASD! September 9 marks International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness day. On Saturday, a “Red Shoes Rock Banner” celebration hosted by Maryann Post of the FASD Advocacy Support Group to commemorate the placement of the banner (a first for Belleville) to promote awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder was held […]