The United Nations calls for “inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all”. In Canada, we have a strong education system that offers free elementary and high school learning opportunities to all Canadians. However, the structure of our education system does not necessarily take into account the varying needs of all learners across our nation, particularly those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
David and his dog, Willow David Brown sits on the CanFASD Board of Directors. He is a recent addition to our team but brings years of experience in the field of substance use and addiction. David started in this field as an academic working in the sociology department at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. He shifted from an academic … Read More
Discussions with health and social service practitioners in New Zealand found that the non-clinical factors, such as personal experience and opinions, are influencing their professional practice in relation to FASD prevention and intervention. Consistent, evidence-based training programs for health professionals are sorely needed to improve FASD practice.
We would like to take this opportunity to publicly congratulate the New Brunswick FASD Centre of Excellence for their incredible contributions to the field of FASD service delivery and support. We would also like to give a huge thank you to all those who applied for the Claudette Bradshaw Innovation Award. Your continued contributions to this field have been integral to improving the lives of individuals and families across Canada.
The transition to adulthood can be a challenging experience for individuals with FASD because of the expectation of increased responsibility and independence in adulthood. The unique nature of FASD, coupled with the wide range of challenges individuals with FASD face and the lack of FASD specific services available, suggests that particular attention should be paid to the transition planning process for youth with FASD.
We are heartened by the focus and attention that organizations across Canada are giving to better understand and address stigma in their practices. However, there is more work to be done. As an organization we are thrilled that Canada’s leadership is taking preliminary steps to raise awareness of the impacts of stigma and improve healthcare policies and practices to better health outcomes for Canadians. We look forward to seeing the impact this national attention will have on the treatment and service provision for both pregnant mothers using substances and individuals with FASD and their families.