Canada has had an evidence-based FASD diagnostic guideline since 2005. This guideline was updated in 2015 to reflect new research in the field. The majority of FASD diagnostic clinics in Canada are using this guideline and we recommend that they continue to do so.
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.
One day is not enough. Like many of you, we recognize September as FASD Month and encourage all our followers to continue to work towards increased awareness of FASD throughout FASD Month and beyond.
Register now for our webinar Understanding FASD in the Criminal Justice System: A Research Update! Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan, along with two student researchers, will be presenting an overview of the recent research on FASD and criminal justice in Canada.
On July 17th, 2020 Food Ministers in Australia and New Zealand approved the health warning labels that are to be mandatory on alcohol containers. It is safest not to drink alcohol during pregnancy. These warning labels will remind consumers of this fact.
By engaging persons with lived experience, we were able to identify and inform service enhancement opportunities in FASD awareness, FASD assessment and diagnosis, FASD care planning and transitions, community-based FASD services and supports, addiction and mental health services, housing support services, education services, and correctional services.
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.
We are super excited to let you know that our ThinkFASD campaign has launched! This national social media campaign is focused on educating Canadians about the risks of alcohol and pregnancy.
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.
The Manitoba FASD Network recently released a new website to help guide people living in Manitoba through the FASD assessment process.