On April 27, 2017 the provincial government of Ontario released the Ontario 2017 Budget Providing $26 Million for FASD. While on the surface this seems like a lot of money, and is cause for celebration, it really isn't much money for direct service and includes no funding for adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. I found … Continue reading One Response to Provincial FASD Strategy
The Maiden became an adult in the world when she turned 18 in August. And with that comes a whole new set of challenges, difficulties and exciting new possibilities. However it also comes with new learning curves for both of us. Understanding money and math can be a challenge for many people, including those with … Continue reading The Maiden and Managing Money
The last three days I have had pretty spotty and inconsistent wifi access - so I will combine the last three days of my red shoe journey to raise awareness of FASD in one post. I have shared my journey personally with my Facebook friends and through this blog, Twitter and Tumblr (under the Our … Continue reading Day 7, 8 and 9: Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD: British Columbia
Today was another 9 hour driving almost 900 kms. We left Sault St Marie this morning and made a brief stop in Wawa for a photo with the giant Canada Goose: The day ended in Thunder Bay after stopping to see the Terry Fox memorial statue. If you want to see what other people are … Continue reading Day 2 Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD: Ontario
I gave the crone (my mother) a small bouquet of tulips on her birthday. One morning while having coffee with her she said how much she really liked the one that was "different" from the rest. She thought it was the most beautiful and special of the bunch. She said it reminded her of the … Continue reading Different is Beautiful
An article I read stated that Hank Ketcham, the creator of Dennis the Menace, modelled the cartoon character after his own son, who had Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD (original piece I wrote here). What about Anne of Green Gables? Did she have FASD? I recently discovered an article, Leave Anne alone? published in Maclean's magazine (June … Continue reading First Dennis, now Anne!
Over 400 conditions co-occur with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), study finds Retrieved from: Medical Xpress News January 5, 2016 Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified 428 distinct disease conditions that co-occur in people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in the most comprehensive review of its kind. The … Continue reading FASD: A Whole Body Disorder with 428 Co-occurring Conditions
This is a great 26 minute video about FASD. It underscores the importance of not drinking alcohol if you are thinking about getting pregnant or are pregnant. It also talks about the importance of being honest and getting supports for yourself and your child if you did consume alcohol while pregnant. Two brave birth moms … Continue reading The Most Powerful Video on FASD We Have Seen
The 9th day of the 9th month is a day set aside around the world as a day to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term to describe a group of developmental disorders that results from the exposure of a fetus to alcohol. FASD includes, Fetal … Continue reading Today is FASD Awareness Day.
What does this mean? Imagine London, Ontario or Calgary, Alberta. These two Canadian cities have populations similar to the low-high ranges of people living with FASD. These are conservative figures. Some recent reports speculate FASD affects 5% of the population. This does not include the families or caregivers who are looking after or being the … Continue reading FASD Fact Friday