This pandemic has been challenging for all of us. But for those with disabilities and those who are disadvantaged in systems already, these challenges are much greater. This is the case for most individuals with FASD and their families. In some cases, families have been able to cope better during this time, finding comfort in limited societal expectations. However, many are struggling.
Experiences of Individuals with Disabilities and their Families During COVID-19
For families of children with disabilities, COVID-19 has intensified the unique challenges and associated stressors they face.
4 Unique Ways Canadians are Celebrating FASD Day During a Pandemic
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, FASD awareness events and activities are a little bit different this year. Here are four unique campaigns that are doing a great job of raising awareness of FASD during the pandemic.
Research Participants Needed for Families Facing COVID-19 Study
Researchers from across Canada are looking to study how the pandemic has changed the lives of neurodiverse individuals and their families. They are asking for families of children, youth, and adults with FASD to complete a short online survey about their experiences during COVID-19.
Life with COVID-19 from a Caregivers’ Perspective
We are finally confident that people will understand what we mean when we say life is unpredictable and sometimes feels like it is spiralling out of control. It took a pandemic to have others experience what our lives are like routinely.
Alcohol, pregnancy and your mental health during COVID-19
Awareness and support are important to prevent FASD. We’ve created a new two-page handout that talks about alcohol, pregnancy, and mental health during COVID-19. We are asking women and partners to reduce their risk of FASD by going alcohol free if they are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. If they are not trying to get pregnant, we are reminding women that it is important to use reliable contraception.
Keep your Canada Day celebrations safe and healthy in 2020
Canada Day is just around the corner! With COVID-19 still a major health concern, the celebrations are going to be a little different this year. Here are some tips for how to keep your celebrations safe and healthy.
Alcohol, Memes, and COVID-19
Media, such as social media, plays a large role in the way that alcohol use is normalized. Culturally, alcohol is part of how we relax, how we celebrate, how we reward ourselves, and how we manage anxiety in difficult situations.
Patients with FASD: Tips for Healthcare Providers
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline health care providers are working day and night to protect the health and safety of individuals all across Canada. We honor and respect their sacrifice and commitment to Canadians in this challenging time. This blog post provides a few tips to help frontline health care workers manage the specialized needs of individuals with FASD during COVID-19.
Take a minute to say ‘thank you’
A simple way to show your appreciation for our health care workers is to say, “thank you”. Canadians across the nation are saying “thank you” to our nurses and frontline health care providers through lawn signs, social media, discounts, and applause. Join in the celebration and find a unique way to say “thank you” from a distance.
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