Justice System Failing to Deal with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Image: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, caused by excessive drinking whilst a child is in utero, has had a devastating impact on many communities in Australia. (FLICKR: NICO NELSON)

Image: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, caused by excessive drinking whilst a child is in utero, has had a devastating impact on many communities in Australia. (FLICKR: NICO NELSON)

People suffering from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, also known as FasD, often have reduced impulse control and are simply too trusting. Others are violent and so cognitively impaired that they are unfit to stand trial. But when defendants with FASD come to the attention of the law, they often encounter a system that seems fundamentally unable to cope with the range of challenging behaviours that their disorder brings. As a result, many end up behind bars, in some cases for just minor offenses.

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FASD-Informed Employment 3 day Training

Originally posted on North West FASD Network:

The Northwest Central FASD Network is hosting training in Edson for those who work with and support person with disabilities- specifically FASD. This includes front line support staff for youth and adults with disabilities, caregivers, educators, employment agency personnel, Alberta Works staff and employers.

This is a training not to be missed- it is on the cutting edge with Alberta Works Initiatives and has the framework which to support our clients with opportunities for having a meaningful life.

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Reminder: FASD Messaging Ideas


Calling all individuals, caregivers and parents, agencies and staff!

The EFAN Messaging Committee needs your brilliant ideas.  It is yet another time to share and shine!  Let your creative side out, think outside the box! We are looking ideas of how to create public awareness and to get the public involved in the prevention conversation.   Here is where to send your brilliant and awesome ideas edmontonefan@gmail.com

Psychologists Treat Clients With a Little Help from Their Furry Friends

Alberta association, Dreamcatcher, uses animal-assisted therapy

By pairing clients with animals, registered psychologist Eileen Bona and the staff at Dreamcatcher Nature-Assisted Therapy Ltd., have helped dozens of people overcome developmental and social hurdles.

Most of the therapy animals at Dreamcatcher have had some kind of trauma or were donated from local residents.

“We could go buy animals if we wanted,” says Bona. “We could buy the perfect animal that’s going to be the perfect therapy animal but we believe there is a whole population of animals out there that need a home.”

While not the most conventional form of treatment, Bona has found treating clients who are nonverbal or have trouble communicating.

Zach Wilm was Bona’s first client and first success story. Suffering from autism and seizures since he was an infant, Wilm has made great progress through bonding with a horse named Rain.

“It’s not magic and it’s not a miracle but if (animal therapy) fits it’s like a key in a lock,” says Bona of Zach’s time at Dreamcatcher. “And they haven’t found the right key to fit the lock yet, and maybe this is it.”

Source:  http://www.calg

She Looks Just Like Me!

Originally posted on Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog:


My children who are adopted are of mixed races, which has instigated a lot of joking over the years about how much we are like each other.

Three of my children have brown eyes, just like me! Two have blue eyes, just like their dad! Amazing, just like each other!

All of us love ice cream, especially cookie dough! What are the odds?

Swimming is something we have in common, (mostly because we live on a lake.) Dinora was able to swim by the age of 18 months old. She used to jump off the side in the deep end of the community pool with me. Everyone kept saying it was dangerous being so deep. But she was so tiny that even if she jumped off the lower end she wouldn’t be able to touch the bottom, so what was the difference. All of my children are natural swimmers.


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