Back to School Series Wrap Up: Had I known then: A message to those in the school system

Over the past month, we have put together a series of posts related to school experiences for individuals with FASD, caregivers, and opportunities for FASD prevention in post-secondary school settings. To conclude our series, we have asked our newest staff member, Richard Mugford, to reflect on his experiences related to FASD and the school system. […]

Back to School #7: Article Summary: School Curriculum Advice from a Young Adult with FASD

There are relatively few studies in the FASD literature that include the voices of individuals with FASD. Additionally, the school experiences for people with FASD also remains a significant gap in the research. To fill these gaps, this article shares the personal account of 21 year-old Nathan who described his own personal strengths, challenges, and […]

Back to School # 6: “Dry Days” on University Campuses

To wrap up this week’s focus on drinking among post-secondary students, today we are talking about initiatives at some Canadian universities to ban alcohol during Frosh or Welcome Week as a “dry” kick-off to the school year. Alcohol-free orientation weeks are believed to be one of the best ways to reduce the problems associated with […]

Back to School #5: CCSA Report on Drinking Among Post-Secondary Students

Last post, we discussed a Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) report on the harms of youth alcohol use. CCSA released a similar report on Heavy Episodic Drinking Among Post-Secondary Students, summarized below. The CCSA ran focus groups on five Canadian post-secondary campuses to discuss students’ beliefs on binge drinking. Key highlights from […]

Back to School #4: CCSA Report on Youth Alcohol Use

This week we will focusing our Back to School posts on alcohol use among youth and post-secondary students. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) recently released several reports about alcohol use among post-secondary students, the first focusing on Youth Alcohol Use and Its Harms. In this report, findings are presented from a […]

Back to School #3: FASD in Educational Settings. Part 2 – Dorothy Reid

Dorothy Reid is the Co-Chair of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee. She is also the owner of Reid Wellness Consulting, providing consultation and training to individuals and organizations on maintaining wellness. Dorothy previously worked with the Correctional System primarily in the area of mental health service development and delivery. She has extensive professional experience in […]

Back to School #2: FASD In Educational Settings. Part 1 – Simon Laplante

Simon Laplante is the Co-Chair of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee and the adoptive father of a courageous young woman who struggles daily with ARND. He has a master’s degree in education and did his thesis on the impact of children with FASD on parents’ relationships with the school, community, and each other. Simon has […]

Back to School!

September usually means one thing: it’s time to go back to school! This transition can be particularly stressful for students with FASD, as well as their caregivers and teachers. Throughout the month of September, we will be posting a Back to School Series, highlighting different issues related to education and FASD. To kick off the […]

FASD Day Editorial from Audrey McFarlane

In honour of International FASD Day 2018, CanFASD Executive Director, Audrey McFarlane, has written the following editorial on where we are today in the field of FASD, and a call to action on where we need to go.  To see Audrey’s recent interview in our FASD Day series, click here.   Today, on September 9th, Canada will […]

International FASD Awareness Day 2018

FASD Day originated in Canada and is now recognized and celebrated in many countries around the world. Many local FASD groups host a wide variety of events and activities to bring recognition to the cause of FASD. The first FASDay was celebrated on September 9th, 1999. This day was chosen so that on the ninth […]