Your Guide to FASD Assessment in Manitoba

The Manitoba FASD Network recently released a new website to help guide people living in Manitoba through the FASD assessment process. The Manitoba FASD Network was established in 2009. It provides diagnostic and short-term follow-up services to people living in Manitoba, with the goal of providing FASD assessment, support, and education closer to home. The […]

National Accessibility Week and FASD

It’s National Accessibility Week in Canada! Held annually during the first week of June, National Accessibility Week is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Canadians with disabilities and to recognize those individuals, communities, and workplaces that are actively working to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. Everyone has the right to be included in […]

MCCSS remains very committed to improving outcomes for children, youth and families affected by FASD

Great News!! The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) remains very committed to improving outcomes for children, youth and families affected by Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). We at Health Nexus are very pleased to share that this Provincial FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Project will […]

FASD project seeks to diagnose Saskatchewan offenders, support better outcomes

A clinical team at Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre is working to diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in incarcerated people. The pilot project seeks to rehabilitate people with the disorder, connecting them with supports to keep them in the community and out of the criminal justice system. FASD is linked to alcohol exposure in the […]

FASD and Youth Housing

If you are finding life to be similar, to us, life has very much became a marathon now. Everyday is an exercise in self-discipline and trying to maintain some sense of routine. We are finding we need to set our alarm to go off every morning to encourage us to get up and start our […]

‘I can be myself’: Youth FASD support program expands in Yellowknife

Lois Anderson is doing things her parents say they never expected. The 17-year-old Yellowknife teen has taken on everything from learning about improv acting to taking part in a creative writing workshop at the NorthWords Writers Festival. Anderson is among a growing group of young people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) who are gaining […]

Finding isolation tough? One N.W.T. foster mom shares her challenges and tips

Like most parents, Claire says her top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is making sure her kids are happy and safe. But that’s a difficult task when you’re a foster mother to five high-needs children under the age of 11. The kids in Claire’s care have faced multiple traumas in their short lives. Some have […]

Alcohol, Memes, and COVID-19

In light of the current global pandemic, you may have noticed the increased sharing of alcohol-related memes on your social media. Earlier this year, we talked about #winemom culture and how normalized alcohol use can be an important tool for how women create their identities as mothers and women. Right now, these similarly toned joke […]

Coronavirus Disease 2019 – People with Disabilities

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. Disability alone may not be related to higher risk for getting COVID-19 or having severe illness. Most people with disabilities are not inherently at higher […]

First mobile app for caregivers of children with FASD reaches trial stage

In the summer of 2017, Christie Petrenko, an assistant professor and research associate at the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center, and Cristiano Tapparello, a research assistant professor in the University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, teamed up to create the first mobile phone app for caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum […]