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Volume 5, Issue 24

NOFAS Awards Reception
Photos and Videos from the 2014 NOFAS Awards Reception
Watch the full acceptance speeches from recipients of the 2014 NOFAS Excellence Award: FASD Advocates Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox; and FASD Researcher Michael Charness, M.D.
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NOFAS Webinar
Free NOFAS Webinar: The Role of Nutrition in FASD
June 18, 2014. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The June 2014 edition of the NOFAS Webinar Series features Christina Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H. The webinar will focus on answering this question: How Does Mother’s Nutrition Affect Pregnancy Outcome in Women Who Drink Alcohol?
 
Research News
 Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Tied to Balance, Coordination Problems
“Balance, coordination and ball skills were the areas where children exposed to alcohol in the womb had the most problems, researchers found.”  Study from The George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia. – Reuters
 
Study on FASD in Western Australia Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health: “There are alarming rates of FASD in the Kimberley region of Western Australia… The aim of this research was to help determine factors that may be associated with correct knowledge about safe drinking practices during pregnancy, with these factors used to help inform future interventions.”
 
FASD Community News
Coming Soon to Alaska Bars: Free Pregnancy Tests “Researchers plan to give away free, state-funded pregnancy tests in the bathrooms of 20 Alaska bars and restaurants beginning in December.  The two-year, $400,000 University of Alaska effort aims to study if posters that warn women against drinking while pregnant work better when pasted on pregnancy test dispensers rather than simply hung on a wall.” – Anchorage Daily-News
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Specialized Classroom for Students with FASD in Ontario, Canada
“Preparations have begun at the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board to establish one of its specialized classrooms for students suffering from the effects of FASD at Keewatin Public School next fall.” – Kenora Daily Miner and News
 
FASD and the Canadian Criminal Justice System “According to a Canadian Bar Association consensus, all court officials are urging the federal government to amend criminal sentencing laws to accommodate the disability of those with FASD.  A private member’s bill… introduced by Yukon MP Ryan Leef will seek to amend the criminal code by defining FASD for offenders.” – South Peace News
 
CDC’s Treating for Two Initiative on Safer Medication Use in Pregnancy
“Treating for Two is CDC’s strategy to improve what we know about the safety of medication use in pregnancy and reduce harmful medication exposures.”
 
Webinars
Free NOFAS Webinar: The Role of Nutrition in FASD
June 18, 2014. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The June 2014 edition of the NOFAS Webinar Series features Christina Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H. The webinar will focus on answering this question: How Does Mother’s Nutrition Affect Pregnancy Outcome in Women Who Drink Alcohol?
 
FASD and Addiction Treatment - Improving Outcomes June 18, 2014. 1:00 PM. “The presenters examine the use of motivational incentives with individuals with co-occurring FASD and substance use disorders, and provide attendees with other modifications to treatment that can benefit these individuals, their families, and the programs that support them.”
 
Events
Diagnosing FASD in the Era of DSM-5 June 17, 2014. Marlborough, Massachusetts. “The training will inform diagnosticians/mental health clinicians of the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in an effort to improve and strengthen diagnostic capacity in Massachusetts.”
 
Florida Fights FASD Conference June 18, 2014. Tampa, Florida. Speakers include NOFAS Vice President and National Spokesperson Kathy Mitchell, a noted international speaker on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Women and Addictions.
 
KITS (Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe) Conference June 18 – June 20, 2014. Houston, Texas. “Please save the date for the upcoming 5th annual KITS (Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe) Conference taking place at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston.  Registration for this event is not yet open, but please check back… for more information on pricing, speakers, and how to register. CEUs and CLEs are pending.”  Yolanda Ross, a birth mother and member of the NOFAS Circle of Hope, is presenting.
 
Supporting Children Affected by Parental Co-occurring Disorders: Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, HIV June 30 - July 2, 2014. Seattle, Washington. “The ​National ​AIA ​Resource ​Center ​invites ​you ​to ​attend ​a ​ national ​symposium ​tasked ​with ​formulating ​an ​informed ​response ​ to ​address ​the ​needs ​of ​children ​whose ​parents ​have ​ co-occurring ​disorders.”
 
FASD Training
MILE Instructor Training August 1 & 2, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia. “The training consists of a 1½ day theoretical and hands on model, where participants practice the Math Interactive Learning techniques, developed for children with FASD.”
 
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