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, […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]