For the last week of the 99 Days to 9/9 or FASDay, the voices and information belong to individuals with FASD.
Day 92 & 93 are quotes from two presenters at the:
8th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD.
Although there are thousands of published articles on FASD, there remains limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD. As individuals diagnosed with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas continues to be critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions. Continuing on the work of seven previous conferences, there remains a clear need to examine relevant global research, programs and policies. What does existing or emerging research tell us? Are the results transferable from country to country and/or from laboratory to real life? Are there clinical implications of results from any of these areas of which we should be aware? What are the changes in our thinking, practice and directions that will be required to improve outcomes? What are the implications for the future?
For more information, and to view the Changemakers Presentions, visit:
Nothing About Us Without Us
The above phrase was the theme for the above conference. That is why I chose to end the 99 Days journey by giving the last words to individuals with FASD.
For Days 94 – 98 I used the answers to a question I asked on the largest Facebook Group for individuals with FASD (caregivers and others who support are allowed a membership but the group is for the individuals), Flying With Broken Wings.
If you could tell a caregiver, a professional, a teacher, a researcher or the world one thing about you or FASD what would it be?
This is what those individuals said:
Day 94 belongs to Gina
Day 95 belongs to Danielle
Day 96 belongs to Flora
Day 97 belongs to Jennifer
Day 98 belongs to Nicole
Previous posts from 2018
Day 95 belongs to Maggie, Nicky and R.J.
Day 96 belongs to Danielle, Wea, and Anna
Day 97 belongs to Herbert, Flora, and Gina
Day 98 belongs to Jennifer
Day 99 belongs to Lorde
Thank you for once again joining me on a 99 Day Journey of all things Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Thank you to those who gave their permission to share information, to the Pioneers who brought FASD into the public spotlight, to the advocates and researchers who continue to work tirelessly for recognition, support, prevention and awareness.
Personally, thank you to those who joined for the first time this year and to those who continue to share the posts and provide encouragement.
Special thanks to Jodee Kulp and R.J. Formanek who provide me with an outlet to share with the Red Shoes Rock Campaign and for inviting me to be part of this International Movement. Thanks to Claudio Diaz and Denise Edwards and the others who have translated the 99 Days into Italian, Afrikaans, Spanish, Polish, and other languages – this truly expanded the journey around the world.
Tomorrow, September 9, we will wrap things up on International FASD Awareness Day.
If you’d like to go back and visit any of the days, you can do so here: 99 Days to 9/9 FASDay: Master Post.