Over the last few months, the 99 Days to 9/9 FASDay series of infographics created in 2017 has been re-shared on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Some updates were made along the way, but for Days 82, 83 and 84 I changed the focus for 2018 when I came across The Canada FASD Research Network’s CanFASD Common Messages document. … Continue reading FASD: Common Messaging
Today's tip is a great one, isn't it? It can be easy to focus on the negative and forget the small or big successes that do happen. What does the Looking After Each Other project have to say? The public understands that people with FASD have challenges. A continual focus on this creates a belief … Continue reading Day 27 of 99 Days to FASDay: Focus on the Positive; Let Your Red Shoes Rock
The Public Stigma of Birth Mothers of Children with FASD by Patrick W. Corrigan, Juana Lorena Lara, Binoy Biren Shah, Kathleen T. Mitchell, Diana Simmes, and Kenneth L. Jones Background: Stigma aﬀects not only the person with a stigmatizing condition such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), but also their family members. This study examined whether … Continue reading Day 26 of 99 Days to FASDay: Stop the Stigma
Did you know as of 2015 FASD is now a diagnostic term in Canada? And I found out in 2018 it is also the diagnostic term used in Australia! Click here for more information. The following is from the Asante Centre : Whereas the 2005 guideline identified fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as an umbrella term capturing specific … Continue reading Day 25 of 99 Days to FASDay: Diagnostic Categories
Welcome to Day 24 of our 99 Days to FASDay journey. We continue with our suggested changes to the language we use for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Today's suggestion is on some of the messages we use for prevention. While FASD is preventable, saying it is 100% is misleading in a society that uses alcohol. … Continue reading Day 24 of 99 Days to FASDay: Change our Language
Continuing with the suggestions to change our language around FASD, Day 23 of 99 Days to FASDay focuses on parents and caregivers. I don't know about you, but I'm 50/50 on these terms. I've likely used one or both of the first two terms. I don't think I've ever used the last term. Have you … Continue reading Day 23 of 99 Days to FASDay: Promote Dignity
This suggestion is a real surprise to me. I know I've used "external brain" before in describing support required for person with FASD. What's the thinking behind removing "external brain" from FASD language? The term external brain was created many years ago to give people an understanding that someone with FASD may require coaching at … Continue reading Day 22 of 99 Days to FASDay: No More External Brains Please!