According to Understanding the Occurrence of Secondary Disabilities with FAS and FAE Final Report (1996) 60% of students with FASD aged 12 or older have had a disrupted school experience. Despite 14 years since its release there are still educators and the system who do not understand FASD.
Over half a million with FASD in Ontario wait for services and direct financial supports as the government continues to deny diagnostic services and supports for 4% of the population (ONTARIO) - The families and 537,939 people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, many not on waitlists because there are few programs and services (including an … Continue reading When Will Ontario Take Decisive Action to Help with FASD
Making Political Leaders Aware A few weeks ago my daughter and I participated in a local All Candidates Meeting for the upcoming Provincial Election in Ontario. We were joined by some new friends we have discovered through social media and our advocacy work on behalf of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Voters were provided with … Continue reading Dear Politicians: Adults In Crisis Waiting for Developmental Services
There has been quite a flurry of media attention and significant movement in Ontario with respect to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder over this last week. FASD Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park On Wednesday there was a FASD Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park in Toronto. I do not know who organized it, and the invitations for … Continue reading What a week for FASD in Ontario
Two weeks ago the Ontario Premier prorogued the parliament, which in essence was pressing the reset button. Everything being worked on came to a stop. According to an article in the The Star In a surprise move, Premier Kathleen Wynne has briefly prorogued the Ontario Legislature and says a throne speech Monday will detail the … Continue reading April Fools for FASD?
Update: Although Bill 191 was not presented for 2nd Reading on February 20 there is still time - check back by Saturday for updated info and link for a petition! We are at a critical point now advocating to get the Minister of Education to bring forward Bill 191 to amend the Education Act to … Continue reading Ten Days to Make FASD History in Ontario
On December 14, 2017, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament Sophie Kiwala presented two important private member's motions for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Ontario. The first one, to recognize September 9th of each year as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (FASDay) in Ontario, received unanimous consent from all parties. The gravity of the motion … Continue reading Ontario FASD Community: We Need You!
Day 36 of our 99 day journey and this myth is about plateau of learning. While research has suggested that skill levels for people with FASD vary (see graphic below), I believe Grade 4 (through my own experience with the maiden) is definitely when things began to "fall apart" at school for her. After the … Continue reading Day 36 of 99 Days to FASDay: With Support Students can Succeed