September 7, 2018
“What We Heard”
The Government of Yukon released a “What We Heard” document today that summarizes the key findings of its public engagement on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The public engagement took place from May 2017 through February 2018. Representatives from the FASD Interagency Advisory Committee travelled to nine Yukon communities to meet with identified stakeholders, including First Nation and municipal governments, service providers and community members.
The information gathered through this engagement is now being considered by the territorial government as it develops a Yukon FASD Action Plan.
January 1, 1970
10-year FASD Strategic Plan
9 provincial government ministries – including Justice – and other agencies developed a 10-year FASD Strategic Plan to design, administer and develop prevention programs, assessment and diagnosis services, and support for those affected by the disorder coordinated through 12 FASD Service Networks in Alberta.
2008 – 2018
Nine provincial government ministries – including Justice – were involved in the development of “A 10-year Provincial Plan (FASD – Building on Strengths” which demonstrates government’s commitment to a collaborative, cross-ministry approach. The FASD Plan serves to guide the efforts of provincial ministries and regional and community-based partners. It has fostered the coordination of these organizations in addressing the complexities of FASD prevention, improving the early identification of FASD, and supporting those living with this disability and their families in BC.
September 9, 2022
BC Representative for Children and Youth releases Hands, not Hurdles to mark International FASD Awareness Day
Representative Jennifer Charlesworth is marking International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day with the release of a new resource aimed to inform and assist practitioners working with B.C. children and youth who have the disability and their families.
Hands, not Hurdles: Helping Children with FASD and their Families is a condensed and easily digestible version of a more in-depth report on FASD released by the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) in 2021. In addition to continuing to increase awareness and understanding about FASD, Hands, not Hurdles also provides tips and other suggested resources for community practitioners including teachers, counsellors, recreational workers and clinicians.
“FASD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disabilities in the Western world and yet it remains a highly misunderstood, multi-faceted brain and body disability that affects many people in our communities,” Charlesworth said. “We all need to be more informed, understanding and supportive of children and youth with FASD and their families.”
Today’s report release is also a reminder that children and youth with FASD and their families in B.C. continue to receive extremely limited services and are too often left feeling isolated and desperate for support. Despite continued work from parents and advocacy groups, there has been little progress to date by government on the recommendations from RCY’s 2021 report Excluded, Increasing Understanding, Support and Inclusion for Children with FASD and their Families.
“It can be alarming and discouraging to learn about the negative experiences that people with FASD continue to have in school, recreation, work and community,”
Charlesworth said. “But there is a lot that can be done to improve things right now. I hope this report helps to foster understanding and advocate for the support that is so greatly needed.”
As with the previous RCY report on FASD, this publication was co-led by Myles Himmelreich, an adult with FASD with more than 16 years experience working in the field, who helped bring forward a clear understanding of these children and families, their strengths and challenges. Also helping to communicate those challenges – as well as the supports that can help children, youth and their families – was artist Sam Bradd, who provided the illustrations for Hands, not Hurdles.
“Included in this shorter report are suggestions on how you can take meaningful action to inform yourself about FASD and to better help children and families,” Charlesworth said. “People with FASD are resilient, have many strengths and can thrive when understood and supported well.”
You can find a link to the latest report here:
International FASD Awareness Day, Sept. 9, was first celebrated in 1999. September is also FASD Awareness Month, which the Canadian government began recognizing in 2020.
Executive Director, Communications and Knowledge Mobilization
April 13, 2007
Manitoba’s FASD Strategy is an interdepartmental partnership, with direction from the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet, working together to support the community to address FASD. Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities, through Healthy Child Manitoba, chairs this initiative. The Manitoba government continues to invest in and expand their 2007 FASD Strategy, and remains committed to the strategy’s five essential goals: Knowledge, Prevention, Intervention, Evidence, Quality
December 21, 2020
FASD training Package
Developed a comprehensive FASD training package in partnership with numerous FASD service providers. The training package will include four modules:
- the social context of FASD,
- what is FASD?
- strategies for support/intervention.
Module 1 includes two Elders teachings (a Unity Teaching and an Alcohol Teaching), which teach participants how colonization, residential schools and intergenerational trauma has impacted Indigenous communities
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention Framework 2014
The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute releases “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention Framework 2014.” The FASD Prevention Framework is based on the Levels of FASD Prevention Framework developed by Nancy Poole with the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia (2008). This approach clearly delineates four levels of prevention activities to comprehensively address FASD prevention.
Manitoba FASD Centre
The Manitoba FASD Centre is a multidisciplinary assessment, education, training and research service of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Child Health Program. It provides assessment and diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in individuals. The Centre, established in 2009 and located at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children, was formerly the Clinic for Alcohol & Drug Exposed Children (CADEC) which had been operating from Winnipeg Children’s Hospital since 1999. The renamed service reflects an expanded mandate with a significant increase of services that include: Assessment, Education, Training and Research
August 2, 2019
Syndrome d’alcoolisation fœtale Québec (only available in french)
The Government of Quebec has committed $48M towards the launch of Agir Tôt (Act Early) program, an initiative to screen for and diagnose development delays, physical and intellectual disabilities, and autism spectrum disorder in young children from birth to age five. Funding will include a new health intervention team to help screen for neurological disorders in Nunavik children. “Special attention will be deployed to increase the screening of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.” (Nunatsiaq News)
The FASD Network of Saskatchewan
The FASD Network of Saskatchewan is a parent-led organization that helps individuals with FASD and their families recognize themselves as safe, supported, valued and contributing members of the community. The FASD Family Support Program offers individualized support to families living with FASD along with opportunities to gather, connect and share lived experiences. This program has a goal of empowering healthy families and healthy communities.
The FASD NL Network
The FASD NL Network was officially formed in December 2012. By promoting accurate and credible information, fasdNL is focused on increasing the awareness of FASD and related issues among individuals, families and communities. The fasdNL Network believes that such awareness efforts will assist in the prevention of FASD as well as to increase support and functioning for those affected by FASD.
August 11, 2021
The Indigenous Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)/Child Nutrition Program
FASD Ontario is an online, accessible and bilingual website that has a:
- directory of information and services
- list of learning events
- compilation of local, national and international news online community to share information
The Indigenous Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)/Child Nutrition Program (FASD/CNP) is designed and delivered by Indigenous service providers to Indigenous children, youth and families across Ontario. The program provides:
- healthy lifestyle education;
- personal support; and
- traditional cultural activities which promote FASD prevention and healthy nutrition.
Individuals living with FASD and their families are offered intervention support services Program staff also:
- produce community resource materials
- offer professional development training on prevention and intervention to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous social service providers, educators, justice and medical personnel; and
- provide training on healthy nutrition to community service providers and families.