June 25, 2015

Call to ban booze ads during sports

AAP: Australia June 24/15 Alcohol advertising should be banned during sports broadcasts before 8.30pm and a minimum floor price on booze should be adopted. Those are just two of 23 recommendations a parliamentary committee has made to government it says should be urgently adopted because of the damage alcohol is doing to some indigenous communities. […]
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June 25, 2015

More than half of children in CFS care not ready for school

Winnipeg Free Press June 10, 2015 Behind their classmates before they start By Larry Kusch Fewer than half of Manitoba children in the care of Child and Family Services are ready for school when they begin classes, and only a third will graduate from high school. Those are two of a host of grim statistics […]
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June 23, 2015

Pregnant women should not drink any alcohol, BMA warn

The Telegraph [U.K.] Tuesday 23 June 2015 British Medical Association call for stricter Government advice and “more explicit” warnings of the risks of alcohol to developing babies By Laura Donnelly, Health Editor 21 Jun 2015 (Ed. Note: British medical authorities continue to send mixed messages and fail to acknowledge that avoidance of alcohol should start […]
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June 23, 2015

Taxpayers face £40m bill for babies harmed in the womb by mothers who were alcoholics

“…The [U.K.] Ministry of Justice has budgeted for 87 young claimants to get compensation worth up to £500,000 each if judges rule that the alcoholism of their pregnant mothers meant they were the victims of crimes while still in the womb…” 21 Jun 2015 [Daily Mail, U.K.] By Martin Beckford This case could stigmatise women’ […]
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June 22, 2015

Huge hike in disabled pupil figures

9 Jun 2015 The Cairns Post [Australia] EDUCATION advocates are warning of a crisis in disability education as new data suggests the number of students with special needs has doubled. (Ed. Note: As long as governments ignore growth of FASD, the Special Ed costs will continue to spiral out of control) A 2014 South Australian […]
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June 22, 2015

New alcohol and pregnancy campaign for NZ – Don’t know? Don’t Drink

The first phase of HPA’s (Health Promotion Agency) alcohol and pregnancy ‘Don’t know? Don’t Drink’ campaign went online on Sunday 14 June. It is a mainly online campaign focused on young women. It reminds them that alcohol can harm developing babies and if they ‘don’t know’ whether or not they’re pregnant then ‘don’t drink’. The […]
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June 22, 2015

Autistic adult daughter leaves mom exhausted with nowhere to turn*

CBC news Toronto, ON Go Public Hope Galloway among thousands of Canadian parents desperate for help By Kathy Tomlinson, CBC News Posted: Jun 01, 2015 *(Ed note: this story applies equally to parents with children who struggle with FASD and who are technically “adults” with no support systems in place.) Mom can’t find group home […]
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June 22, 2015

FASD and criminal justice system

By Terrence McEachern,  Leader-Post, Regina, SK  June 19, 2015 Although many people living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are not violent, that segment of the population still has a high incidence of involvement with the criminal justice system. “We know that people with FASD are overrepresented – both as offenders, but also as victims […]
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June 06, 2015

Truth & Reconciliation & FASD

“The Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network Endorses the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Recommendations on FASD…” http://www.canfasd.ca/blog/2015/06/03/truth-reconciliation-report-and-fasd/ CanFASD Canada FASD Research Network Truth & Reconciliation Report: Prioritize Prevention, Diagnosis & Support for Individuals Affected by FASD The Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network Endorses the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Recommendations on FASD VANCOUVER, […]
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June 06, 2015

Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Report

With a history of cultural genocide, reconciliation is the only way forward Bramham, Daphne. The Vancouver Sun [Vancouver, B.C] 03 June 2015 The stories of residential school survivors and the solid documentary evidence of what happened makes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report troubling and thought-provoking reading. Centuries after first contact, the commission asks us […]
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