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Volume 5, Issue 41

NOFAS News

NOFAS Free Webinar: The Risk of Light Drinking During Pregnancy
October 15, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. The October 2014 edition of the NOFAS webinar will feature Dr. Michael Charness.   The vast majority of media coverage surrounding alcohol and pregnancy debates the question, "Is light drinking during pregnancy completely safe," and the conclusion is not always accurate. Dr. Charness provides the answer, and other important FASD-related content.
 
Design NOFAS’ 2014 Holiday Card
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Send us your design for the 2014 NOFAS Holiday Card.  Submitted card designs will be posted online and the winner selected by NOFAS.  The winning design will become the cover of the 2014 NOFAS holiday card and be mailed out to hundreds of members of the NOFAS and FASD community.
 
Community News
Profile of Mother Raising Three Adopted Nephews with FASD
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“Terry Trujillo is raising five of her sister’s young children… Trujillo knew her sister had a long history of alcoholism. But at the time she took in the kids, she didn’t know those drinking problems had caused permanent neurological damage to three of them. Finding that out, Trujillo says, was a long and confusing process that started when the kids went to school.” – KUNM News
 
Profile of 13-Year Old Tracy, Living with FASD (Part 2)
This article continues to tell the story of 13-year old Tracy.  She “was expelled from school for two days last week. When she was asked why. she honestly couldn't remember. But when pressed for an answer, she yelled, "I hate math, I hate my teacher, I hate school!" - Ionia Sentinel-Standard
 
Stigma, Classism Hinder Fight Over FASD
“Our culture's understanding of FASD is mired in prejudice, according to Ann Johnston, author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.  Johnston says, "If you're white, you're ADHD. And if you're not, you're FASD. That tends to be the common appreciation of this problem. There's some real middle-and upper-class arrogance around FASD.” – The Star Phoenix
 
Public Health/Policy
News Video of FASD Conference in Canada
Watch this news video of experts at a recent FASD conference in Saskatchewan, Canada. – Global News Canada
 
Webinar Materials from FASD Center for Excellence on Tip #58
The Webinar highlighted the new SAMHSA publication Addressing FASD #58 in the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series. The Webinar featured: · Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W., Content Specialist for the SAMHSA FASD CFE, Sterling K. Clarren, M.D., FAAP, Co-Chair of TIP 58 and an esteemed FASD researcher, and Ruth Richardson, J.D., Director of Programs for the Minnesota Organization on FAS (MOFAS). Now, the materials from that session are available FREE for download and dissemination.
 
Leading Pediatrician Calls on U.K. Government to Take Action on FASD
Ahead of a debate in Parliament the eminent pediatrician  and former first Children’s Commissioner for England Al Aynsley-Green urges the UK Government to take action on FASD. – Open Democracy
 
Research News
Women’s Perceptions of Information About Alcohol Use During Pregnancy: A Qualitative Study
“A number of alcohol guidelines worldwide suggest that pregnant women should abstain from alcohol. However, high prevalence rates of alcohol consumption during pregnancy still exist. It is unknown whether there are problems with the dissemination of guideline information that is potentially contributing to such consumption. This qualitative study aimed to explore women’s perceptions of information they received about alcohol use during pregnancy after the introduction of abstinence guidelines.” – BMC Public Health
 
Webinars
NOFAS Free Webinar: The Risk of Light Drinking During Pregnancy
October 15, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. The October 2014 edition of the NOFAS webinar will feature Dr. Michael Charness.   The vast majority of media coverage surrounding alcohol and pregnancy debates the question, "Is light drinking during pregnancy completely safe," and the conclusion is not always accurate. Dr. Charness provides the answer, and other important FASD-related content.
 
Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders October 21, 2014. 4:00 PM EST. “This webinar will be led by Susan J. Astley, Ph.D. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1. Understand that alcohol is a teratogen and identify the outcomes associated with prenatal alcohol exposure 2. Identify patients at risk for offspring with FASDs…”
 
The Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on the Eye and Vision October 22, 2014, noon – 1:30 pm CDT. “MOFAS will host a fascinating webinar presented by Dr. Ray Areaux an Ophthalmologist and professor at the University of Minnesota. The webinar will explore the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure and conditions, such as optic nerve hypoplasia. The webinar is designed for healthcare professionals.”
 
Webinar: FASD Basics October 29, 2014, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CDT. “MOFAS will present the FASD Basics designed to provide an introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. This webinar is designed for primary and behavioral health care providers, social workers, educators, and other professional who work with individuals with an FASD and their families.”
 
Events
SoCal NOFAS Parent Support Group October 14, 2014. San Diego, California. “Join us in conversation with our special guest, Wendy Dumlao, Esq. To discuss Regional Center Eligibility and FASD.”
 
Workshop: FETAL ALCOHOL & OTHER NEUROBEHAVIORAL CONDITIONS October 16, 2014. Portland, Oregon. “The workshop will educate you on the current status of research for identification and on a best practices approach for treatment and accommodations. The goal is to increase understanding, reduce frustration, and expand options. Case examples of successful diagnosis, treatment and accommodations are central to this training.”
 
2014 Alberta FASD Conference October 20-21, 2014. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “The Government of Alberta invites you to join us in this important multidisciplinary conference focused on FASD and its impact on individuals, families, communities and society at large. The conference will feature keynote presentations by Hayley Wickenheiser, Michael J. Kendrick, Peter Choate and Drew Dudley, and over 35 breakout sessions discussing the latest practices in FASD prevention, assessment and support.”
 
Struggling in School: Making Sense of IEPs, 504s, and Your Child's Right to an Education October 25, 2014. Calverton, Maryland. “Is your child struggling in school? Deciding how to take the next step in supporting your child's education can be a daunting task. Educational jargon, contradictory advice and excessive red tape only make the process more difficult. Adoptions Together has created a training to help clarify the process of helping your child receive an appropriate education.”
 
FASD: A Focus on Congenital Heart Defects November 4, 2014. St. Petersburg, Florida. This CME accredited course will provide current information on effects of alcohol on the developing cardiovascular system in addition to neural effects and the societal impact. Current research and studies will be addressed. Presenters include MOFAS Founder Susan Carlson, JD, Katherine Shea, PhD and NOFAS Vice-President Kathy Mitchell.
 
Conference: FASD and Human Rights November 13-14, 2014. Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Registration is open for the annual FASD matters conference. This year’s theme is FASD and Human Rights. We have exciting keynotes planned for the event.
 
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