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
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This was created by a 2009 high school graduate in a tiny rural KY county – he’s got real talent, and I’m so grateful to him for taking the time to do this. Please feel free to pass it on – I want Parker and his fabulous PSA to get a lot of views today!!
Happy FASD Awareness Day from Kentucky!
According to an information sheet Independent Living for People with FASD, independent living refers to the ability to function in a community without support. We still have a long way to go in providing services for these adults to ensure they are supported and successful.
If you are planning on getting pregnant please stop drinking alcohol. If you are having sex, and drinking alcohol, use protection so you will not get pregnant. If you are pregnant, and have had alcohol, please tell your health care provider. Early intervention means better outcomes for you and your baby. Information from Canada … Continue reading FASD Fact Friday
Many professionals still deny alcohol is a threat to an unborn child. Many textbooks still say it is okay for a woman to consume a limited amount of alcohol while pregnant. I was so happy to see in this paragraph in the textbook of my course on Introduction to Social Problems. It means … Continue reading FASD Fact Friday