FASD and Sexual Behaviour

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Without proper support, we know that individuals with FASD can face many life adversities. One of the most common of these challenges is inappropriate sexual behaviour (ISB). It is important to note that individuals with FASD may be involved in ISB as either a victim or a perpetrator. ISB can include many different problematic behaviours such as: inappropriate sexual advances … Read More

FASD Day Interview #2: Myles Himmelreich

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Myles Himmelreich is a mentor, public speaker, FASD consultant, and advocate.  Born with FASD, he provides exceptional insights to the challenges and success he has faced throughout his life. His personal journey unites audiences across different disciplines, ranging from mental health professionals, caregivers, researchers, and policy makers, to people with FASD. He is an extremely effective communicator and leaves a … Read More

FASD Day 2018 Interview #1: Jeff Noble

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Every year on September 9, the international community celebrates FASD Day. September 9 is chosen to represent the 9 months that women should abstain from alcohol consumption while pregnant. This year, in preparation for FASD Day, we have interviewed some amazing people to learn a bit about how their lives have been affected by FASD. They include caregivers, researchers, policy … Read More

Including the Voices of Families in FASD Research

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The Kids Brain Health Network recently posted an article on the value of engaging parents of children with disabilities in the research process.  The article highlights how these types of partnerships help us to “learn with each other, about each other, and from each other” and make more meaningful impacts on the lives of children and families. Here at CanFASD, we … Read More

Northwest Territories is Improving Supports for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Autism

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Congratulations to the Northwest Territories for their commitment to advancing FASD and autism services! On March 7, 2018, Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy, spoke in legislature about the concrete steps the NWT is taking to enhance its services for those with disabilities. CanFASD Board Chair, Tim Moorhouse, was in the legislature when this announcement was made and he … Read More

A Reflective Essay on Housing and FASD by Elizabeth Carlson

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Today’s post is a reflection piece by Elizabeth Carlson, a PhD student from the University of Alberta. You can reach her at emcarlso@ualberta.ca to continue the conversation about housing initiatives for individuals with FASD.   As a student member of the Alberta Clinical and Community-Based Evaluation Research Team (ACCERT), at the University of Alberta I have the privilege of being … Read More

Survey from The Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Alcohol & Pregnancy

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Survey link: https://www.research.net/r/providersaboutalcoholandpregnancy The results will be anonymous and we need to have as many respondents as possible to make the data meaningful.  Participants will be entered into a draw for an iPad Service providers are ideally suited to screen pregnant women for alcohol use during pregnancy, as they are the point of contact with the healthcare system for these women.  … Read More

How should we talk about FASD?

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In June, I wrote a post summarizing a Manitoba report on the overlaps and gaps between expert and public understandings about FASD. Today, I’m sharing the researcher’s recommendations for changing the FASD conversation. The authors identified two key issues that make it challenging for policymakers and service providers to cultivate public support for FASD initiatives: The narrow understanding of FASD as a … Read More

Honouring Jordan’s Principle

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Honouring Jordan’s Principle is a report outlining the obstacles to accessing equitable health and social services for First Nations children with special healthcare needs living in Pinaymootang, Manitoba. Pinaymootang is a First Nations community about 220km north of Winnipeg. Jordan’s Principle is a child first principle intended to ensure that First Nations children do not experience denials, delays, or disruptions of … Read More

What do Manitobans think about FASD?

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The FrameWorks Institute completed a report on the overlaps and gaps between expert and public understandings about FASD. Access the full report on the CanFASD website here and read on for highlights from this excellent project. Interviews were conducted in Manitoba with members of the public and with FASD experts. The main questions were: What is FASD? How does alcohol affect fetal … Read More