The International Charter on Prevention of FASD Published in the March 2014 issue of The Lancet Global Health. “The first international conference on prevention of FASD… resulted in the production, endorsement, and adoption of the following international charter on the prevention of FASD by more than 700 people from 35 countries worldwide, including senior government officials, scholars and policymakers, clinicians and other front-line service providers, parents, families, and indigenous people.”
Fact Sheet: Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5 “The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA’s) new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) contains a number of important changes in the definition of alcohol use disorders.”
FASD Center for Excellence
Fact Sheet: Getting an FASD Diagnosis “Because most people with FASD have no visible signs of alcohol exposure, their problems may be wrongly blamed on poor parenting or on other disorders. Early diagnosis and intervention contribute to positive long-term outcomes. Accurate diagnosis can: Help the person receive appropriate services. Aid communication among clinicians, caregivers, educators, and families. Provide better self-awareness and understanding by family members.
Anchorage Daily News – Series on FASD
The Anchorage Daily News has a series of in-depth articles about living with FASD.
Dr. Kenneth Warren’s NIAAA Legacy “The contributions of Kenneth Warren, Ph.D., are firmly woven into the fabric of NIAAA—and he continues to leave a bold mark. Over nearly four decades, Dr. Warren’s leadership has helped transform NIAAA from a newly created initiative to the Nation’s leading alcohol research institution.”
NOFAS-UK Opposes Criminalizing Alcohol Use During Pregnancy “A landmark court case, to be heard by the UK’s Court of Appeal, could lead to pregnancy and drinking to be criminalized in the UK… The National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome UK (NOFAS-UK) is heavily involved in the discussion of criminalizing alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Susan Fleisher, founder of NOFAS-UK, says, “A woman cannot be prosecuted for something she is not aware of and women with alcohol problems should be able to get support and education so they know they can harm their child’s life. Much more needs to be done to create awareness of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, but criminalizing it is not the answer.” – Liberty Voice
FASD Community News
Article on CDC Grantee’s Efforts in Alcohol SBI A nice article by Diane King and Becky Porter of CDC’s Arctic FASD Regional Training Center in yesterday’s Anchorage Daily News about alcohol use, FASDs, alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) and the RTC’s efforts in implementing alcohol SBI in public health centers in Alaska as well as new funding from SAMHSA for training efforts.
NIAAA: Five Questions With NOFAS President Tom Donaldson Tom Donaldson responds to five questions about FASD, including: “Do you believe that FASD issues get the attention they deserve?”
PSA Campaign from MOFAS “Love. Hope. Joy. Three words that are inspiring, uplifting and empowering… In a new public awareness campaign from the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, these three words are used as a reminder to young women, who are pregnant or could become pregnant, that there is a connection between the decisions a mom-to-be makes and her unborn baby. Watch a video PSA here.
Myles Himmelreich: Calgary-based Motivational Speaker with FASD “Ever think of kids with fetal alcohol syndrome as human puzzles with missing pieces? Myles Himmelreich does every day. The motivational speaker from Calgary is a noted mentor, consultant and advocate who uses his experience of living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to inspire national and international audiences. He shows kids born with fetal alcohol issues how to do the impossible: be a success.” – Winnipeg Free Press
Sexual & Social Development of People with ID March 12, 2014. 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. “This webinar is intended to provide useful information and tips for parents, caregivers, and staff on engaging people with intellectual disability around their social and sexual development. Marklyn P. Champagne, RN, MSW, will unravel some commonly held misconceptions, discuss best practices and engage listeners in thinking about people with intellectual disability and conversations around sex and sexuality.”
Overview of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Assessment and Treatment: The Visible and Invisible Consequences March 6, 2014. Coalinga, CA. “The instructor will explain how the developing fetus is affected by alcohol exposure. She will highlight the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the behavior and development of young children and how it is expressed at different developmental stages. Participants will learn how FAS is diagnosed and the importance of diagnosis in order to change attitudes and increase understanding that children with FAS are disabled not disobedient.”
FASD Family Symposium March 29, 2014. Greensboro, NC. “This symposium has been developed to assist families in understanding the prenatal effects of alcohol, an array of behavioral interventions that have proven effective, and resources that families can tap into to help support their loved ones in all areas of development at home, at school, and in the community.”
The 6th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD April 9-12, 2014. Vancouver, Canada. Early registration ends March 12. Among the workshops, NOFAS Vice President, Kathy Mitchell, will be joining an international panel of birth mothers to provide two workshops, designed to address the stigma experienced by families and individuals living with FASD. “The conference will bring together a diverse group of professionals, families and individuals with FASD to discuss research, evidence, model practice and ideas to expand how we sustain and enhance the lives of individuals with FASD. Participants will consider and debate how we continue to build on strengths and modify existing programs, services and systems to address barriers to ethical practice in healthcare, housing, social services, mental health, criminal and civil justice, employment and education.”