COVID-19 Tips for Caregivers of Individuals with FASD

COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that can be spread from person to person through small water droplets from the nose and mouth. There are a number of preventive health measures that you can implement to reduce the risk of infection or transmission. However, preventive health practices can be difficult to implement in a home with children, particularly […]

COVID-19 Tips for Individuals with FASD

Information about COVID-19 or coronavirus seems to be all over the news these days. The government is recommending that Canadians practice “social distancing measures”, which means that people should stay home and avoid contact with one another. Events have been cancelled, schools and daycares have been closed, and the daily routines in workplaces are changing. […]

Supportive program available for pregnant, post-partem women who acknowledge drug or alcohol use during pregnancy

Christine Rachar is spreading the word about a program available locally to help supporting women who are pregnant or six months post-partum who acknowledge drug and or alcohol use during their pregnancy. Rachar works for a social services agency McMan Youth and Family Services and runs a program in the rural foothills called the Parent […]

National conference aims to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Organizers say 225 people from across Canada have gathered for the 10th annual Anishinabek G7 FASD conference to foster understanding, awareness and collaboration, including Valencia Poulton. She shared her story about living with FASD with the crowd. “Sometimes I get really jumpy and jittery, at times I can’t sit still, at times I can’t focus, and […]

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 […]

‘Alcohol can cause lifelong harm to your baby’: Regulator approves new warning label

Australian drinkers will be warned “alcohol can cause lifelong harm to your baby” under a new mandatory labelling scheme approved by the regulator, unless state and federal ministers veto the plan. The alcohol lobby hit back at the “short-sighted” decision by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), while public health advocates said it was a […]

New legislation would combat fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Don Young, R-Alaska and Betty McCollum, D-Minn., would take steps to inform pregnant mothers and prevent development of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in babies. “Too many families in Alaska and across our nation have been affected by FASD and we should be doing all that we can […]

What is a #WineMom and why should we talk about it?

Becoming a mother is a transitional period in a woman’s life involving a number of personal, social, and biological changes. However, researchers have found that our view of motherhood is influenced by our social and cultural norms. Motherhood is performative, meaning that women are expected to behave in ways that correspond to how we (as […]

FASD and Child Welfare

CanFASD recently release a new issue paper exploring Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and child welfare in Canada. Below is a short summary of this paper. Issue In Canada, individuals with FASD are overrepresented in the child welfare system. Conservative estimates suggest that the prevalence rates for children in care are at minimum 3-11%. This […]

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 […]