Article Summary: Experiences of living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative data

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There is limited research on caregivers’ experiences of raising children with FASD, and even fewer studies that focus on the lived experiences of individuals with FASD. Providing these individuals with opportunities to voice their perspectives on how they manage the challenges of daily life is important for understanding disability, and ultimately for improving supports and quality of life for individuals … Read More

Back to School Series Wrap Up: Had I known then: A message to those in the school system

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Over the past month, we have put together a series of posts related to school experiences for individuals with FASD, caregivers, and opportunities for FASD prevention in post-secondary school settings. To conclude our series, we have asked our newest staff member, Richard Mugford, to reflect on his experiences related to FASD and the school system. “Had I known then what … Read More

Back to School #7: Article Summary: School Curriculum Advice from a Young Adult with FASD

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There are relatively few studies in the FASD literature that include the voices of individuals with FASD. Additionally, the school experiences for people with FASD also remains a significant gap in the research. To fill these gaps, this article shares the personal account of 21 year-old Nathan who described his own personal strengths, challenges, and strategies related to school. A … Read More

Back to School # 6: “Dry Days” on University Campuses

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To wrap up this week’s focus on drinking among post-secondary students, today we are talking about initiatives at some Canadian universities to ban alcohol during Frosh or Welcome Week as a “dry” kick-off to the school year. Alcohol-free orientation weeks are believed to be one of the best ways to reduce the problems associated with drinking, and are meant to … Read More

Back to School #5: CCSA Report on Drinking Among Post-Secondary Students

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Last post, we discussed a Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) report on the harms of youth alcohol use. CCSA released a similar report on Heavy Episodic Drinking Among Post-Secondary Students, summarized below. The CCSA ran focus groups on five Canadian post-secondary campuses to discuss students’ beliefs on binge drinking. Key highlights from this report include: Student attitudes … Read More

Back to School #4: CCSA Report on Youth Alcohol Use

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This week we will focusing our Back to School posts on alcohol use among youth and post-secondary students. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) recently released several reports about alcohol use among post-secondary students, the first focusing on Youth Alcohol Use and Its Harms. In this report, findings are presented from a joint venture with the community … Read More

Back to School #3: FASD in Educational Settings. Part 2 – Dorothy Reid

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Dorothy Reid is the Co-Chair of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee. She is also the owner of Reid Wellness Consulting, providing consultation and training to individuals and organizations on maintaining wellness. Dorothy previously worked with the Correctional System primarily in the area of mental health service development and delivery. She has extensive professional experience in working with individuals with FASD … Read More

Back to School #2: FASD In Educational Settings. Part 1 – Simon Laplante

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Simon Laplante is the Co-Chair of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee and the adoptive father of a courageous young woman who struggles daily with ARND. He has a master’s degree in education and did his thesis on the impact of children with FASD on parents’ relationships with the school, community, and each other. Simon has been working in the Manitoba … Read More

Back to School!

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September usually means one thing: it’s time to go back to school! This transition can be particularly stressful for students with FASD, as well as their caregivers and teachers. Throughout the month of September, we will be posting a Back to School Series, highlighting different issues related to education and FASD. To kick off the series, we have summarized a … Read More

International FASD Awareness Day 2018

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FASD Day originated in Canada and is now recognized and celebrated in many countries around the world. Many local FASD groups host a wide variety of events and activities to bring recognition to the cause of FASD. The first FASDay was celebrated on September 9th, 1999. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month … Read More