Justin’s Success Story

Justin Veale is a 15 year-old, 10th grader living in Milton, ON, who is doing incredible things within his community. He also happens to have FASD. Justin first attended the Halton REACH For It event on November 8th 2014- Build Me Up Lego Day, which provided him the opportunity to build relationships with police officers in his […]

Article Summary: Recent advances in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder for mental health professionals  

Background Various techniques are improving our understanding of FASD. Knowing that individuals with FASD often have comorbid mental health issues, Mental Health Professionals (MHP) are urged to understand the unique aspects of this disorder, in order to reduce stigma and properly treat individuals with FASD. Knowledge of FASD among Mental Health Professionals Due to the […]

Mental Health Awareness Week

“It’s not just about what you do for yourself, by yourself—everyone needs healthy and supportive places to work, live and learn” – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)1 Mental health is not just about mental health issues. It is a state of well-being which is defined as a status “in which every individual realizes his or […]

Positive Media Day & Mental Health Week!

June 22nd is Positive Media Day! As a primary source of information, the media has the ability to shape our perspectives and has a significant impact on how we view individuals with FASD. While media is often bias towards negative events, and the challenges faced by individuals with FASD, it’s important to highlight all of […]

Claudette Bradshaw FASD Innovation Award- Call for Applicants

Application deadline: August 31 2019 Award recipient will be notified by Sept 30, 2019 Claudette Bradshaw recently retired from the CanFASD Board of Directors and this award is to recognize her many years of service to the field of FASD, early education and homelessness. Honourable Bradshaw was a Member of Parliament for 10 years, served […]

Issue Paper: The Role of Partners in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 16th, and while it is a time to celebrate all of the amazing Fathers in our lives, it also reminds us of the role they play even before a child is born. Fathers are an example of a partner who plays an important role in a healthy […]

Changing the Conversation Symposium- Final Report

The 2019 Canada Northwest FASD Partnership Symposium, entitled “Changing the Conversation,” took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 6 & 7, 2019. The symposium brought together a diverse group of over 90 stakeholders, representing all provinces and territories across Canada. The symposium aimed to discuss the ways we currently talk about FASD in Canada, and based […]

Lakeland Centre for FASD Summer Camp 2019

Lakeland Centre for FASD, in Cold Lake Alberta, believes that all children should have the opportunity to have a positive camp experience. That is why they are hosting 6, week-long camps this summer between July and August. It is the camp where children with FASD can be themselves. The camp is open to all children […]

AccessAbility Day 5: Article Summary- Educating Students With FASD: Linking Policy, Research, and Practice

Background Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) experience a range of cognitive disabilities, including learning and intellectual disabilities. Therefore, they often require special education strategies and programs in schools. In this study, Millar and colleagues (2017) have conducted a literature search on the prevalence of FASD in school-aged children and the impact of FASD […]

AccessAbility Day 4: Article Summary-Corrections and connection to the community: A diagnostic and service program for incarcerated adult men with FASD

Background Adverse outcomes such as mental health issues, substance misuse, contact with the Justice system and incarceration can be associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Due to their cognitive functioning deficits, adults with FASD may become involved with the judicial and correctional systems in Canada, which are not fully equipped to provide the services necessary […]