Last month, Health Canada released their new information page on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This update is a huge step forward towards increased consistency, reduced confusion, and improved understanding of FASD in Canada.
In 2018, we published a common definition of FASD for use in Canada. We recommend everyone adopt this evidence-based definition to:
- Reduce stigma;
- Improve our understanding of FASD
- Improve consistency in our work;
- Reduce confusion; and
- Encourage a more strengths-based, person-centered, whole-body perspective on FASD.
Health Canada has included a version of this common definition on their page! They’ve also updated their other information to better reflect the current research and evidence.
On their website you can now find information about FASD, signs and symptoms, therapies, supports, prevention, and current FASD projects funded by the federal government. This is a great resource for anyone just starting to learn about FASD.
CanFASD will continue to work in collabortion with the Public Helath Agency of Canada to ensure that Canadians have access to up-to-date, evidence-based information about FASD.