Advocacy

CanFASD: FASD Awareness Month Toolkit

FASD Awareness Month Toolkit — September 9th is International FASD Awareness Day. FASD Day was first celebrated in 1999. It is a day devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD. Throughout the month of September, events are held across Canada […]

Support crucial as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder rates climb

Schools work to balance student needs as three per cent of Ontario children, aged seven to nine, have FASD. Twice as common as Autism Spectrum Disorder and 28 times more common than Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is becoming one of the leading known causes of developmental disability in Canada. According to the Canada […]

Policy Action Paper: Toward a Standard Definition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada

Toward a Standard Definition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Language is a powerful tool which has been used to celebrate people, but also alienate populations of people. Individuals with disabilities have been faced with discrimination and stereotypes that separate them from the rest of society, including individuals with FASD. Using language that highlights the […]

A court for people with FASD ‘a terrific’ idea: Friedberg

   A court for people with FASD? A Manitoba court that specifically caters to people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a great idea that could work in Ontario, says Toronto criminal lawyer Matthew Friedberg. “Any court that’s going to address these issues in a more acute way is a really terrific thing,” Friedberg, […]

‘He looks so normal’: When it comes to FASDs, there’s no such thing as predictability

FASD and Alcohol Exposure Plenty of parents argue with their teenagers about chores, schoolwork, and video games. Megan is one of them. Like other parents, the Kenai Peninsula mom sometimes clashes with her oldest son over video games, arguing with his siblings, and putting away his laundry. But at Megan’s house, there’s more than just […]

Mental Health and FASD – Still Fighting for a Future: Exploring 15 Years of Progress on FASD in Canada

Fighting for a Future-2004 and Are we still fighting for a future-2019 The first ‘Fighting for a Future’ Symposium held in 2004 identified six areas that needed action for change and needed further research and support for individuals with FASD. They were: 1) Homelessness, 2) Finances,  3) Physical and Mental Health, 4) Education, Programming and […]

F words in Childhood Neurodisability

Childhood Neurodisability – FASD The 21st century is witnessing a sea change in our thinking about ‘disability’. Nowhere are these developments more apparent than in the field of childhood disability, where traditional biomedical concepts are being incorporated into – but expanded considerably by – new ways of formulating ideas about children, child development, social‐ecological forces […]