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Volume 5, Issue 40


NOFAS Issues Brief to Pennsylvania Supreme Court
“NOFAS has submitted an Amicus Curiae brief to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding the case of a man, James Vandivner on death row in the state who has Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (PFAS).”
Community News
Profile of 13-Year Old Girl with FASD
“Tracy struggles with the life-long effects of having been prenatally exposed to alcohol… She struggles to focus, regardless of typical ADHD medications, to control her emotions, to follow multi-step directions and to learn from usual consequences. Her teachers do not see these "hidden disabilities" and feel that Tracy "just doesn't try hard enough," that her parents don't punish her sufficiently or that she's "just a trouble maker!" – Ionia Sentinel-Standard
Parents Surrender Son with FASD to the State To Get FASD Services
“The parents of two children with FASD say they had to give up parental rights to their 14-year-old son because the government would not support the boy's special needs… service agencies told the couple that their son's diagnosis did not qualify him for [Ontario, Canada] provincial supports.”  -CBC News
Public Health/Policy
Get KnowBullying, the Free App from SAMHSA That Can Prevent Bullying
This app features “Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children… Warning Signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying. Reminders: Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or relaxing outside.”
Research News
Binge Drinking May Harm Male Fertility, As Alcohol Found To Deform Sperm
“A recent study from Denmark found the fertility of otherwise healthy men was significantly harmed by alcohol.” – Medical Daily
UTHSC Professor Will Study Effects of Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy
“Anna Bukiya, an associate professor in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s (UTHSC) Department of Pharmacology, will explore the effects of FASDs through a new project titled "Fetal Cerebrovascular eCB System as a Target of Maternal Alcohol Consumption." – Memphis Flyer
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.”
Grit and Grace - A Professional Symposium on Women and Addiction Treatment October 8th in Minneapolis, MN. November 3rd in Chicao, IL. December 6th in Bonita Springs, FL. “A Professional Symposium on Addiction Treatment for Women Presented by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation REGISTER TODAY and receive copies of books authored by symposium presenters—including two just-released titles—as part of your registration package!”
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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