Edmonton Sun Article on FASD Signage at Liquor Stores

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Have a look at the article in the Edmonton Sun about the new signs required at liquor stores, bars and restaurants.


Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission Campaign Begins

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FASD Poster

On April 14 the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) began a campaign focusing on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. With the support of Manmeet Bhullar, the Minister of Human Services, Bill Robinson, President and CEO of the AGLC unveiled a poster warning of the dangers of mixing alcohol with pregnancy. The AGLC will be requiring all liquor stores, bars, restaurants and nightclubs to post this FASD prevention message.

Minister Bhullar spoke about Alberta’s action on the prevention of and support for people having FASD with the development of 12 FASD Service Networks and 20 assessment and diagnostic clinics.

Lisa Rogozinsky, Network Coordinator, and Denise Plesuk, Co-Chair of Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network Society (EFAN) were on hand to answer questions posed about FASD and the difficulties it creates. Even though there are 20 assessment clinics around Alberta, many people go without ever getting a diagnosis.   Because of this, it is difficult to get accurate statistics on the number of individuals in Alberta with FASD. However, Denise did say that it was probably a safe assumption that the homeless population and the prison population have a significant number of individuals with FASD. This is due to the effects FASD has on the person’s ability to problem-solve, on their cognitive functioning and their behavioural difficulties.

So, the next time you go to a liquor store, or out to a night club, look for the FASD prevention signs. Start up a conversation with the people you are with – or the people sitting at the table beside you. Let’s get the message out!

Poster:  FASD_Poster_VERTICAL_highres

Media Release:  IB_FASDPreventionSignage_20140414



Alcohol Use During Pregnancy in Canada

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The Public Health Agency of Canada recently released Perinatal Health Indicators 2013 which includes data on alcohol use during pregnancy.

Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, the report includes data on alcohol use during pregnancy, include trends over time (1993-2008), by age, and by province.

  • The rate of maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy was 10.7% in 2005–2008. (This is similar to data from the Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey conducted in 2005-2006 which found that 10.8% of women reported ever drinking alcohol during pregnancy.)
  • Rates of maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy remained stable between throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Rates then dropped 15.5%  in 2001–2004 to 10.7% in 2005–2008.
  • Rates of alcohol consumption increased with age. In 2005–2008, 8.0% of mothers aged 20-24, 10.2% of women aged 25-29, 11.7% of women aged 30-34, and 11.2% of women aged 35-39 years reported drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

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April Frontline Workers Meeting Minutes

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Here are the minutes from the April 8 Frontline meeting.

April 8 FASD Frontline Meeting Minutes

Getting Burned with #FASD

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R.J. Fromanek is the founder of the Facebook Site “Flying with Broken Wings”

Special thank you to guest blogger R.J. Formanek

— Written and shared by R.J. Formanek -
R.J. is one of our beloved FASD Survival Strategy Teachers

Learning how FASD affects each of us individually can make a huge difference in understanding the miscommunication we with this hidden disability often face.  

Because of deficits in our cognition, due to the damage (in this case mainly to the frontal lobes) we often do not understand cause and effect, because to us that is an abstract idea. We tend to not be so good with abstract concepts… and that may be due to a lack of understanding.

Humour, jokes are often lost on us because they involve using the ability to look at things in an abstract, as opposed to a concrete light. And many things we say are taken…

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Living Well: FASD and Mental Health Conference: Call for Abstracts

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 2014 Conference (Final)

Healthy Child Manitoba, in partnership with the Canada Northwest FASD Partnership, will be hosting the Living Well: FASD and Mental Health conference to be held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba from November 5-7, 2014.

The Living Well: FASD and Mental Health conference will bring awareness to issues related to mental health and mental illness for those most directly affected by FASD and will foster a commitment to advance the knowledge and implementation of evidence informed strategies and programs.

Participants will learn about current research and best practices in responding to complex issues such as:

  • Mental health and substance use for pregnant and parenting women
  • Mental wellness for those living with FASD
  • Case management for individuals living with FASD and mental health co-morbidities
  • Diagnosing FASD and co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Emotional wellbeing for caregivers of individuals living with FASD

See the call for abstractshere. Deadline…

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FASD Training Opportunities

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In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month & National Alcohol Screening Day, the Frontier Regional FASD Training Center is pleased to offer the following three online trainings:

#1) Webinar: Brief Intervention Strategies for the Prevention of Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies
April 9, 2014

#2) Self-Paced Online Course: FASDs for Medical & Allied Health Education and Practice

#3) Self-Paced Online Course: FASDs for Social Workers

For more information and to register, follow this link: