Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Stress

Stress is a normal part of our daily lives and certain amounts of stress are important to help us function. Small doses of stress help us meet deadlines, get to places on time, and prepare for important events. However, long-term stress can be harmful and can lead to mental and physical health problems, like depression, substance use issues, and stroke.

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.

September is FASD Awareness Month

Every day in September we are spreading the word about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). We will continue to share information about FASD throughout September and beyond in the hopes of bringing all Canadians together to address this disability.

Supporting Healthy Pregnancies this Holiday Season

There are many reasons people might choose not to drink this holiday season. People might be pregnant, recovering from addiction, abstaining for health reasons, are the designated driver, or could simply not want to. Refrain from questions like “why aren’t you drinking?” sentences like “just one can’t hurt”. Drawing attention to someone’s sobriety can lead to feelings of stigmatization and isolation.  

#FeatureFriday: World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Submitted By: Alicia Groom This past August, I was lucky enough to get to travel to Scotland to present an oral presentation at the World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD). This conference was held in the historic city Glasgow at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC). […]

Reminder: Applications for the International FASD Conference and Sterling Clarren Research Award are fast approaching!

We want to remind everyone that there is still time to submit your abstract for the 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, March 6-9, 2019. Note that abstracts are due on Friday, September 7th. We also want to encourage students and early career researchers to apply for the Dr. Sterling Clarren FASD Research […]

Mark Your Calendars!

A number of conferences and events are coming up in the next few months that may be of interest to you. Click the pictures below for more information: September 6-7, 2018: “Putting it Together” Vernon FASD Conference (Vernon, BC) September 24-26, 2018: European Conference on FASD (Berlin, Germany) October 23-26, 2018: The Future of Child […]

Learning Together: Family Advisory Committee Reflections Part 2

This is the second part of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee’s reflections on the Learning Together workshop themes: FASD as a Whole Body Disorder, Aging and Transitions, Supports and Strategies, and Advocating for Supports. Today’s post is Part 2, and includes reflections from FAC members on the third and fourth themes. See Part 1 here. Thanks again to FAC […]