Advocacy

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. […]

It’s Time for a National Disability Strategy

It’s time for all governments provincial, territorial and federal to work together to build a strategy to meet the needs of people with all disabilities at all ages and all needs. We are asking candidates to support a National Disability Strategy that: Ensures every child, youth and adult with a disability in Canada is supported and afforded equal opportunities in life. Actively consults with disability […]

Pathways program helps those with fetal alcohol disorder

Nearly four percent of Canadians – or roughy 1.4 million people – are affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. A lifelong disability that’s often described as invisible, because only 10 per cent of those diagnosed have facial features that indicate FASD, individuals affected by the disorder can suffer from impairments ranging from diminished motor skills, […]

FASD AWARENESS DAY 2019

While the movement started as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day on September 9, 1999, it has grown over the last 20 years to many towns, cities, provinces, states and countries recognizing an awareness week and many are using the entire month to increase awareness. Even though we need to continue to spotlight and raise […]

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 […]