September has been a busy month as advocates, individuals, caregivers, organizations and professionals came together to raise the profile of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. We all know that advocacy and awareness will not stop as the month ends, but a special month does provide increased exposure. I participate in a variety of activities year round, … Continue reading FASD: A Tale Told in 9 Ts
Looking for some inspiration or ideas for activities to do leading up to #FASDay? How about a game of Bingo?
For the last week of the 99 Days to 9/9 or FASDay, the voices and information belong to individuals with FASD. Day 92 & 93 are quotes from two presenters at the: 8th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD. Although there are thousands of published articles on FASD, there remains limited research specifically … Continue reading FASD: Nothing About Us Without Us
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
Day 4 on my Red Shoes Rock journey to bring awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, leading up to International FASD Awareness Day is about what is hidden. I was prompted to think about hidden after discovering the painted piano pictured above. Every time I passed it for about a month, it was covered up … Continue reading Day 4 Red Shoes Rock – Invisible No More