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!
Media Release: IB_FASDPreventionSignage_20140414
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:
Just a reminder that the EFAN Network Society meeting is coming up on April 1, 2014. Once again it will be held at DECSA, 11515 – 71 Street. At 8:30 the Supports and Services meeting will begin for members who receive funding through EFAN. At 9:30 the Society Meeting will begin which is open to everyone who is a member of EFAN or would like to know more about us.
Here is the agenda for the meetings. April 2014 Agenda
Research: Results and Relevance 2015
Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World
The Conference will be held at the Westin Bayshore, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Check out their website: