Walking 685 miles for FASD Awareness – Jim Casha
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Jim Casha walked 685 miles from Lansing, Michigan to Washington, DC to raise awareness of FASD and meet with legislators to advocate for Senate bill S.237, the Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services Act.
Profile of Dr. Luther Robinson This article profiles Dr. Robinson, recipient of a 2013 NOFAS Excellence Award. “The award recognizes Robinson’s career-long dedication to studying and preventing fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a prenatal condition that leads to developmental disabilities as well as physical deformities. His contributions as a physician, researcher and advocate for FAS patient support span the globe.”
Video of Webinar on FASD Diagnosis This Webinar on FASD diagnosis is sponsored by The Indian Health Service. The presenter is Julian Davies, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington, where he co-directs the Center for Adoption Medicine, and works at the longest-running FAS clinic in the country.
Video on FASD in Fitzroy Valley, Australia This video, produced by Feral Films, looks at the “Marulu Strategy” and “the fight against [FASD], endemic amongst indigenous children living the Fitzroy Valley, [Australia]. This community driven strategy has one goal – to make FASD history in the Fitzroy Valley. With education, early intervention therapy and support for [caregivers] and families…”
Survey: 16 percent of women in Luxembourg admit to drinking alcohol during pregnancy “According to a survey carried out by the Health Ministry… 16 percent of the polled pregnant women consumed alcohol during their pregnancy. With the slogan “No alcohol while pregnant and breastfeeding”, the Health Ministry has now launched an anti-alcohol campaign for pregnant women.” From Luxemburger Wort.
Alcohol linked to breast cancer “Drinking is fuelling breast cancer among New Zealand women, according to research showing alcohol’s carcinogenic qualities are proving deadly for the fairer sex. A study by University of Otago estimates alcohol is responsible for 800 deaths – about one in every 20 – each year. While 43 per cent of these deaths were from intoxication-related injuries, such as car accidents and falls, a surprising 30 per cent were linked to cancer.” From Herald Sun.
Study: Drinking Before Pregnancy Affects Alcohol Use During Pregnancy “Most women who consume alcohol pre-pregnancy will continue to consume alcohol throughout their pregnancy even when healthcare guidelines promote abstinence, suggests a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.” From Health Canal.
Webinar: FASD Basics August 1, 2013. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. “This free online training is for anyone interested in learning more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) including parents, professionals, and educators.”
Event: MN American Indian Institute on Alcohol and Drug Studies (MAIIADS) and the Native American Prevention Program Sharing (NAPPS) conference. July 29th – Aug 2, 2013. Kathleen Mitchell is the keynote speaker and will provide and two break out sessions (Addressing FASD in Addictions Treatment). Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College – 2101 14th Street, Cloquet, MN 55720. Contact person: Candi Broeffle – firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-879-0743.
Event: MRFASTC FASD Education Conference August 2, 2013. Omaha, Nebraska. Sponsored by MRFASTC, Midwest Regional FAS Training Center, one of the CDC Regional Training Centers. NOFAS Spokesperson Kathy Mitchell is providing the keynote address. “The FASD Conference 2013, brings together local and national experts in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and parenting of children affected by pre-natal drug and alcohol exposure.”
Event: The Arc National Convention August 3-5, 2013. Bellevue, WA. “Come to Washington to discover new information, new programs, new technology, and new ways for you to keep moving forward toward your goals as well! Join hundreds of other individuals, families, advocates, experts and professionals in the field for three days of informative sessions, unique events and opportunities to connect…”
Event: Conference for Adults with FASD August 29 – September 1, 2013. Liberty Center, Ohio. Registration and payment due July 15. “The 2013 FASD Conference is a weekend learning about FASD, building skills to live better with FASD, and most important – making lifelong friendships with other individuals with FASD.”
Event: Michigan FASD Task Force Conference September 12, 2013. Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Please join us in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first article to describe Fetal Alcohol Syndrome co-authored by our Keynote Speaker: Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD, University of California, San Diego. Additional Speakers Include: Mark A. Sloane, DO, Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, Western Michigan University. Sally Burton-Hoyle, Ph.D., Autism Collaborative Center, Eastern Michigan University. Dan Dubovsky, MSW, LSW, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, FASD Center for Excellence.”
Event: Conference on Legal Issues of FASD September 18 – 20. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “This conference is a three-day juried hearing of evidence and scientific findings that allows for the engagement and collaboration of citizens and decision makers in government and the justice system in addressing a specific set of key questions on legal issues related to FASD.”
First International Conference on Prevention of FASD September 23-25, 2013. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “This is the first international conference to address the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of FASD… The conference will serve as an international knowledge exchange and networking forum for those interested in FASD prevention, bringing together key experts from around the globe.”
Event: 40th Anniversary FASD Summit Sept 26-27,2013. Atlantic City NJ. Opening keynote is Dr. Ken Jones. Other speakers include: Drs. Luther Robinson, Grace Chang, Jennifer Thomas, Claire Coles and Natalie Novick-Brown.