Article Summary: Stereotyping and stigmatizing disability: A content analysis of Canadian print new media about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Newspaper and other forms of media can have a significant influence on public perception, including society’s attitude towards people with disabilities, including FASD. This group is often discriminated against, and stigmatized, because of the way the media stereotypes and criticizes those with FASD, and mothers who drink while they’re pregnant. The authors of this article […]

Article Summary: Midwives’ knowledge, attitudes and practice about alcohol exposure and the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Background Pregnant women agree that health care professionals have great influence in providing advice for a safe and healthy pregnancy. Midwives play a significant role in advising pregnant women on the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and therefore must be knowledgeable and confident in order to appropriately deliver the abstinence message. This article aims […]

Article Summary: Maternal Intellectual or Developmental Disability and Newborn Discharge to Protective Services

Intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) includes challenges in intellectual functioning (learning, problem solving) and/or everyday skills and social skills, beginning before the age of 18. IDDs can include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and other genetic conditions. It has been shown that roughly 50% of mothers with intellectual and developmental disabilities will lose custody of […]

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction: The Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines Communications Toolkit

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has a toolkit on their website to encourage moderate alcohol consumption: The Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines Communications Toolkit. The toolkit targets adults from 25-65, and includes drinking tips, graphics for social media platforms, fact sheets, and other resources that viewers are encouraged to share with their […]

“What it takes: Supporting loved ones with FASD”: Video by the Family Advisory Committee

The CanFASD Family Advisory Committee (FAC) has created and submitted a video for the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health Talks competition. We encourage people to vote for our video by ‘liking’ the video on YouTube. The contest closes November 30th at 5 pm EST. The FAC has organized their wisdom into […]

Save the Date! FASD Employment Initiative: Creating Possibilities Together

CanFASD is excited to be hosting discussions on the topic of employment for individuals with FASD. On January 25, 2019, CanFASD, in partnership with the University of Alberta, will be hosting the FASD Employment Initiative in order to provide an opportunity for networking, resource sharing, and reflecting for people invested in seeing individuals with FASD […]

Student Spotlight: Celisse Bibr (Laurentian University)

Celisse Bibr is a recent Master’s graduate from Laurentian University’s Interdisciplinary Health program, and a current doctoral student in the Rural and Northern Health program. She studied, and is currently studying, under the supervision of Dr. Shelley Watson, to build on Northern Ontarian literature surrounding FASD. Knowledge of Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Students […]

Article Summary: Warning about drinking during pregnancy: lessons from the French experience

Since 2007, France has required all containers of alcohol to contain a warning about drinking during pregnancy. However, this label has only been noticed by just over half of female consumers, and the message is often misinterpreted. Awareness  Only 66% of women said they noticed the warning label on alcohol containers Most women agreed that […]

Article Summary: An Environmental Scan of the Role of Nurses in Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Background The authors of this article looked at the role of nurses in preventing alcohol use in patients perceived to be at-risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy. The authors examined the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of nurses in this role, along with areas to improve how they can help prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol […]

Towards a Standard Canadian Definition of FASD

At CanFASD, we have been working to create a common definition of FASD for use in a Canadian context. We believe that if all governments, service agencies, and researchers use a common definition of FASD, it will: Reduce stigma, given that many existing definitions are quite harsh and use incorrect or outdated information Increase understanding […]