Friday Night Heroes: Kirtland football player overcomes disabilities to inspire teammates, family

Kirtland football player overcomes disabilities: Nate Fellinger started plowing through expectations by playing several different sports, and he’s become incredibly popular around town.  KIRTLAND, Ohio — There’s a football player in Kirtland making big strides both on and off the field. He struggles with a disability, but is teaching so many lessons. You can usually […]

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 […]

Conversation boosts honesty over drinking in pregnancy, study finds

A “conversational approach” is the most successful way of encouraging honest disclosure of drinking habits by pregnant women, a new study says. This contrasts with previous research that had recommended midwives should use formal screening tools, such as structured questionnaires. The new study, from Stirling and Edinburgh universities, said it was important to build trust. […]

Midland mother knows how fetal alcohol spectrum disorder affects families

Debbie Simpson, a midland mother knows how FASD affects families. Her five-year-old stepson Dante Edmonds was diagnosed was FASD in March. He also lives with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Simpson also cares for 15-month-old Kanye McDanial-Kamara, who, while too young to diagnose, is already showing signs of a developmental disorder. “All kids living with […]

From Research to Impact: How Efficient Are Our Health Interventions?

The challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities can be complex, and families often access a wide range of specialized clinical, educational, and community-based interventions to help their children. But the reality is money is limited and competition to fund these interventions and services can be stiff. How efficient are our health interventions? Being able to prove […]

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 […]

University of Regina project to address over-representation of Indigenous people in corrections

The Government of Canada is committed to addressing the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system. Through the Indigenous Community Corrections Initiative (ICCI), it supports the development of alternatives to custody and reintegration projects for Indigenous offenders. Today, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale announced an investment […]