Disability Employment Awareness Month: A Focus on FASD

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Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated in Canada during the month of October. The goal of this national holiday is to raise awareness of the positive outcomes that come from hiring people with disabilities, and celebrate the contributions that these individuals have made within the Canadian workforce. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the most common developmental disability in North … Read More

6 Tips for a Sensory-Friendly Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner! For most Canadians, this exciting holiday filled with scary tricks and sweet treats is fun for the whole family, but for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) this holiday can sometimes be overwhelming. Individuals with FASD may experience challenges with sensory processing and emotional regulation. Challenges with sensory issues and so-called “problem behaviours” … Read More

Article Summary: Neurocognitive functioning in young offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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Background Without proper support and intervention, individuals with FASD are at risk for adverse outcomes such as disrupted school experience, mental health issues, inappropriate behavior, substance use and involvement with the justice system. Along with neurocognitive impairment experienced by those with FASD, environmental factors such as neglect, abuse and poverty increase one’s risk of such adverse outcomes. The high rate … Read More

Let’s Make FASD Part of the Conversation This Election

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Federal election campaigns are currently underway in Canada and candidates across the nation are campaigning fiercely for your vote. There are many social, political, and environmental issues that are currently impacting Canada, as well as the rest of the world. Choosing the right candidate for you can be difficult, as attitudes towards these issues may differ across parties. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder … Read More

World Mental Health Day – A Focus on Suicide Prevention for Individuals with FASD

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Please note this blog post deals with sensitive subject matter, such as mental illness and suicide. If you are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, or you just need to talk to someone, please contact Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566 or text CONNECT to Kid’s Help Phone at 686868. If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1. October 6 to … Read More

Mental Illness Awareness Week – Through the Lens of FASD

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October 6 to 12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week! Held annually during the first week of October, Mental Illness Awareness Week is a public education campaign in Canada designed to increase our understanding of the realities of mental illnesses. This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week happens to coincide with World Mental Health Day, a global celebration to raise awareness of … Read More

#FeatureFriday: International Congress of Law and Mental Health

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Submitted by Aamena Kapasi Attending the International Congress of Law and Mental Health in Rome, Italy, was a fantastic experience. This international multidisciplinary conference provided an excellent opportunity for me to learn about different aspects of the interaction between law and mental health from individuals in different disciplines and from all around the world. I also enjoyed exploring the historic … Read More

Highlight on Canadian FASD Service Providers: Manitoba FASD Coalition

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The Manitoba FASD Coalition is a provincial collaborative network of people and organizations who come together to support prevention, education, research and intervention work in the field of FASD. In 2014, at a province-wide coalition meeting, a group of Manitobans-  including parents of children with FASD, women who used alcohol during pregnancy, community members, First Nations communities, government and service … Read More