After reading a blog post by Helen Simpson about the new Netflix thriller Bird Box (Bird Box We Still Have a Long Way to Go )- which was on my Netflix to watch list - I had to check it out without further delay. She made some valid points about another missed opportunity to promote alcohol … Continue reading Bird Box Blows Over The Alcohol Limit
What follows is a presentation the maiden made to a FASD Caregiver Group last week. Her first official speaking presentation about growing up with FASD. In her own words. School was horrible, from grade 2 and on all the way up to high school. First, I started by acting out in elementary school, because I … Continue reading Growing Up With FASD
What follows is part of a presentation my daughter and I made to an FASD Caregiver Group; she spoke about Life with FASD and below is my presentation on being an advocate. When I started this journey of being a mom to a child with FASD all I knew was what caused it. I knew … Continue reading FASD: What I’ve learned so far.
R.J. Formanek wrote this in response to a post on his Flying With Broken Wings Facebook group. It got me thinking about language and how we are told to lower our expectations for our loved ones with FASD. “I often wonder why we often equate changed expectations with lowered expectations, because it does not always have … Continue reading The Power of Changing Expectations
From a series of posts on Facebook by the FASD Network of Saskatchewan (Canada) An advocate is anyone who speaks up on behalf of others or a cause. Becoming an advocate can change lives. Advocating can happen every day with small changes to what we do or say. 1. Use Person First Language The first … Continue reading 6 Ways to Advocate for FASD
It is Orange Shirt Day in Canada today (September 30). My daughter has an indigenous background in her birth family. She has over the years been proud of her roots, but has yet to really explore what it means. Today I wore orange to not only recognize her heritage, but to honour the survivors and … Continue reading Orange Shirt Day, Truth and Reconciliation and FASD
It’s been awhile since I’ve written. A lot of things in my personal life have taken my energy, while trying to support my daughter and advocate for FASD. I must admit I’m feeling a bit stuck. I don’t know where to go from here. We need so much. We need recognition of FASD as a … Continue reading FASD: Where To Now