Neurodiversity may be a complex concept, but at the core, individuals should be appreciated for who they are, differences and all.
Issue Paper: FASD and Suicidality
People with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) face complex challenges. When unsupported, many individuals with FASD face challenges with mental health and substance use. One of the most concerning potential outcomes in this population is the risk of suicide.
Issue Paper: Psychotherapy for Individuals with FASD
Many people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) experience mental health challenges at some point in their lives. Despite the mental health needs of people with FASD being well-documented, there is relatively little evidence around how best to respond.
Issue Paper: Framing FASD using the UNCRPD
The complexity of FASD necessitates a human rights approach to supporting people with this disability. However, supports and services are still lacking for people with FASD and it remains a low priority in Canada for research and policies informing resources and services.
Issue Paper: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Adversity
The combination of this brain-based stress sensitivity along with chronic adverse experiences can create significant challenges for individuals with FASD and their families, warranting special consideration and support.
Issue Paper: Alcohol and Breastfeeding
Prenatal alcohol exposure has the potential to result in a range of complex physical, mental, and behavioural disabilities, known collectively as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Although alcohol exposure through the consumption of breast milk does not cause FASD, it has the potential to negatively impact infant and child development.
Issue Paper: Mothers’ Experiences of Stigma
Substance use and addiction are highly stigmatized in our society. The impact of stigma on mothers who use substances during pregnancy can have a wide range of negative effects on their health and well-being.
Issue Paper: FASD and Child Welfare
FASD is one of the most critical issues in child welfare, given the high vulnerability and increased prevalence of children with FASD in the child-care system. Social workers and health professionals are in the perfect position to ensure early diagnosis and intervention for children in the child welfare system, but these professionals may not have adequate knowledge and training to do so.