15 Things to Do While Social Distancing

The community-wide prevention measures that have been put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 means that Canadians have a lot of downtime over the next few weeks. Here are a few things that you can do to pass the time while you practice social distancing.

What is a #WineMom and why should we talk about it?

Becoming a mother is a transitional period in a woman’s life involving a number of personal, social, and biological changes. However, researchers have found that our view of motherhood is influenced by our social and cultural norms. Motherhood is performative, meaning that women are expected to behave in ways that correspond to how we (as a society) […]

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The United Nations designated February 11th as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to highlight the lack of gender diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. This statistic highlights just how important it is to encourage women and girls to enter these […]

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Education

In Canada, we have a strong education system that offers free elementary and high school learning opportunities to all Canadians. However, the structure of our education system does not necessarily take into account the varying needs of all learners across our nation.

#FeatureFriday – David Brown, CanFASD Board Member

David and his dog, Willow David Brown sits on the CanFASD Board of Directors. He is a recent addition to our team but brings years of experience in the field of substance use and addiction. David started in this field as an academic working in the sociology department at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. […]

Article Summary – Review of Transition Planning Tools for Youth with FASD in Canada

The transition to adulthood can be a challenging experience for individuals with FASD because of the expectation of increased responsibility and independence in adulthood. The unique nature of FASD, coupled with the wide range of challenges individuals with FASD face and the lack of FASD specific services available, suggests that particular attention should be paid to the transition planning process for youth with FASD. 

Navigating the Holiday Season with FASD: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

December is here and the holidays are just around the corner. For some this is an extremely enjoyable rest period involving lots of time with family and a short respite before the new year. For other individuals and families this time of year can be a stressful, anxiety-inducing experience.

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.  

Highlight on Canadian FASD Service Providers- NB Centre of Excellence

The New Brunswick (NB) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Centre of Excellence is a bilingual, provincial, community-based model that incorporates a holistic, collaborative, client-centred, strength-based, women-centred, trauma informed approach to its health care services. The NB FASD Centre of Excellence takes great pride in providing a safe, kind, caring, and empathetic environment for all their […]

#FeatureFriday – Stigma and the 2019 CCSA Conference

CanFASD had the opportunity to celebrate NAAW at the CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference. This conference was a wonderful chance for our team to interact with other researchers, professionals, and service providers to gain a better understanding of the landscape of substance use in Canada. It also gave us the opportunity to share the knowledge and resources that our organization has collected and developed about FASD, alcohol, and pregnancy.