International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day is held on September 9 each year. It has grown over the last 20 years. Here are some 2019 highlights.
Upon discovering the FASD A Call to Action it was decided to use this as the new Day 85 of 99 Days. These recommendations can serve as an blueprint for community pillars of success. It is important to create a unified voice, but if your area does not have one yet, this is an example. … Continue reading FASD: Pillars of Success
That is the dilemma in my head lately after reading a post from someone about why we should not share our children’s struggles in this age of social media without their permission. I understand the premise, however can a young child, especially one with a developmental disability, offer consent? Another post I read awhile back … Continue reading FASD Life: To Share or Not to Share
As I was scrolling through the Our Sacred Breath Facebook feed, I came across an organization that reposted an article The Mighty published - which was based on a post from last year: 12 Wishes for My Daughter and FASD. In the four years I've been writing this blog, this has so far been the most … Continue reading 12 Wishes for FASD: A Year Later
Since starting the 99 Days to FASDay in 2017, there have been updates to some posts and new ones added in 2018 and even more will be added in 2019. In order to update information for the 2019 Campaign, the full links were removed from this post, and each day a link and graphic will … Continue reading 99 Days to 9/9 FASDay: Master Post
Today, on this 9th day of the 9th month at the 9th hour, International FASD Awareness Day, we are encouraged to stop, reflect on and share the message of no alcohol for nine months during pregnancy (049) to bring attention to the risks of prenatal exposure to alcohol. I wondered how I would end the … Continue reading FASDay: What are you grateful for?
Today I was meant to be at a workshop by Jeff Noble (FASD Forever). However my dog had to go to the vet unexpectedly. Instead thanks to technology and FB Live I was able to watch at home while wearing my red shoes, and keeping an eye on Franklin (the dog). I was disappointed I wasn't … Continue reading Day 8 Red Shoes Rock: FASD Does NOT Define Us
There is much talk on social media lately about the words we use to talk about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, women who drink alcohol, addiction, individuals with FASD and the messages of awareness and prevention. As anything develops over time, the language changes. Even over the four years I've written this blog, I notice my … Continue reading Day 7 Red Shoes Rock: Reflecting FASD
Today I was thinking again about analogies ... as I grabbed my umbrella on my way out the door. The obvious analogy is how Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is sometimes referred to as an umbrella term for the effects, or the diagnoses, such as in the illustration below. In Canada, FASD is no longer an … Continue reading Day 6 of Red Shoes Rock: FASD Umbrella
Today for many students, it's back to school after the summer break. For the maiden as well. Only she is off to College. So Day 4 on my Red Shoes Rock to Stop FASD journey is dedicated to my daughter. Because after all, she is the whole reason I started this journey. Before she came … Continue reading Red Shoes Rock Day 5: Back to School