Advocacy

Seven Myths about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Debunked

This September is FASD Awareness Month – a month devoted to raising awareness to improve prevention, diagnosis and support for individuals. What is FASD? FASD describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual exposed to alcohol before birth. These effects include a wide range of physical, intellectual and neurobehavioral deficits. Current studies suggest […]

FASD International Awareness Day

FASD Day, and the month of September, is devoted to raising awareness, and to challenge current misinformation and stigma surrounding FASD. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol prenatally.   Ways To Support FASD Awareness: Wear red shoes or a […]

Aubrey Page: Military Life and as an FASD Caregiver

As a treatment-level foster parent in Ohio for 3 years, Aubrey noticed many of her kids had similar symptoms that were not trauma based. After one of her children was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), her eyes were opened to the prevalence of this disability. After a disappointing conversation with a local hospital […]

People living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder share their stories

Particpants at FASD conference in Sudbury talk about their daily challenges People living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are getting the chance to tell their stories. A conference wraps up in Sudbury Friday highlighting some of the life challenges people with FASD face . The event is hosted by several community groups, including Health Sciences […]

Hamilton disability protesters demand PCs back off on proposed changes to definition of disability

Two local ACORN chapters organized a rally and protest in support of disabled rights and demanded that the Doug Ford government keep rates up and back off proposed changes to the definition of disability for the purposes of disabled benefits eligibility They chanted on the sidewalk, in the parking lane and under the hoardings in […]

Wynne revives Kiwala’s fetal alcohol disorder bill

KINGSTON — A piece of legislation championed by former Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala is to get a second chance at Queen’s Park. Next month, former premier Kathleen Wynne is to table a private member’s bill that calls for amendments to the Early Childhood Educators Act and the Ontario College of Teachers Act […]

Our New Year’s Resolution: Addressing Stigma

Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, has just released a report summarizing the state of public healthcare in Canada. The 2019 report lists stigma as the major public health concern impacting the health and wellbeing of all Canadians. Stigma is a negative stereotype or a “labelling of differences” that begins to separate people into categories […]

Campbell: Hiring qualified disabled workers is good for business – and society

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It’s the official month every year for celebrating and recognizing workplace contributions of people who have a disability and the business successes they help create. But it is significantly more than that. It represents a critical opportunity for all businesses to examine their recruitment strategies and make improvements. […]