Article Summary: Rapid repeat pregnancy among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities

According to a new study published earlier this week, women with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at an increased risk of rapid repeat pregnancy (RRP), which is defined by researchers as a pregnancy (live or lost) occurring within 12 months since the previous birth. RRP is associated with a number of negative outcomes, including stillbirth, […]

Sober Saturdayz

CBC news recently covered the story of an Edmonton woman who is finding creative ways to promote healthy living and alcohol-free social opportunities. Kaitie Degen is familiar with the negative effects of alcohol use, having grown up in a family impacted by substance use issues. After taking steps towards reducing drinking in her own life, […]

FASD Day Interview #3: Dr. Sarah Treit

Dr. Sarah Treit is currently appointed in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Dr. Treit is making important strides with her research to better understand FASD. Her study on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of brain development of children with FASD revealed delayed development of […]

FASD and Sexual Behaviour

Without proper support, we know that individuals with FASD can face many life adversities. One of the most common of these challenges is inappropriate sexual behaviour (ISB). It is important to note that individuals with FASD may be involved in ISB as either a victim or a perpetrator. ISB can include many different problematic behaviours […]

FASD Day Interview #2: Myles Himmelreich

Myles Himmelreich is a mentor, public speaker, FASD consultant, and advocate.  Born with FASD, he provides exceptional insights to the challenges and success he has faced throughout his life. His personal journey unites audiences across different disciplines, ranging from mental health professionals, caregivers, researchers, and policy makers, to people with FASD. He is an extremely […]

FASD Day 2018 Interview #1: Jeff Noble

Every year on September 9, the international community celebrates FASD Day. September 9 is chosen to represent the 9 months that women should abstain from alcohol consumption while pregnant. This year, in preparation for FASD Day, we have interviewed some amazing people to learn a bit about how their lives have been affected by FASD. […]

Including the Voices of Families in FASD Research

The Kids Brain Health Network recently posted an article on the value of engaging parents of children with disabilities in the research process.  The article highlights how these types of partnerships help us to “learn with each other, about each other, and from each other” and make more meaningful impacts on the lives of children and […]

Northwest Territories is Improving Supports for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Autism

Congratulations to the Northwest Territories for their commitment to advancing FASD and autism services! On March 7, 2018, Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy, spoke in legislature about the concrete steps the NWT is taking to enhance its services for those with disabilities. CanFASD Board Chair, Tim Moorhouse, was in the legislature when this […]

A Reflective Essay on Housing and FASD by Elizabeth Carlson

Today’s post is a reflection piece by Elizabeth Carlson, a PhD student from the University of Alberta. You can reach her at emcarlso@ualberta.ca to continue the conversation about housing initiatives for individuals with FASD.   As a student member of the Alberta Clinical and Community-Based Evaluation Research Team (ACCERT), at the University of Alberta I […]

Survey from The Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Alcohol & Pregnancy

Survey link: https://www.research.net/r/providersaboutalcoholandpregnancy The results will be anonymous and we need to have as many respondents as possible to make the data meaningful.  Participants will be entered into a draw for an iPad Service providers are ideally suited to screen pregnant women for alcohol use during pregnancy, as they are the point of contact with the […]