June 04, 2015

Special-needs youth face ‘big abyss’ after leaving school

Long wait times for costly programs create financial burdens By Aleksandra Sagan, CBC News Jun 02, 2015 Youth with neurodevelopmental disorders, like autism or Down syndrome, often stay within the structured confines of school until they’re too old to attend at 21. Parents often struggle to help their children, who are now considered adults, find […]
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June 04, 2015

Not Exactly As Planned – A Must Read Book About Family and Disability

Thursday, 30 April 2015 Review by Donna Thomson It was months ago that I added to my reading list ‘Not Exactly As Planned: A Memoir of Adoption, Secrets and Abiding Love’ by Linda Rosenbaum. http://www.lindarosenbaum.com/buy-the-book.html But it was just this morning that I turned the last page and regretfully said goodbye to the Rosenbaum-Christmas family […]
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June 04, 2015

How not to amend a criminal law re FASD

  Sentencing and Fetal alcohol disorder: How the Conservatives killed the Bill and the Liberal Response March 13, 2015 / Michael Spratt Criminal law is only a rational and effective policy tool when it operates in a principled manner. If a criminal law’s purpose to deter the commission of an offence there must be evidence […]
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June 04, 2015

Study puts price tag on FASD in Canada

London Free Press [London, Ontario] By Debora Van Brenk February 25, 2015 Ten-year-old Ainsley Schuck is a junior black belt in karate and wants to become a police officer. Her adoptive mother Paula describes her as a bright, lively, brave kid and a great little sister to 13-year-old Payton. Ainsley is also impulsive, sensitive to […]
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June 04, 2015

Mentoring people with FASD

BY TERRENCE MCEACHERN, LEADER-POST FEBRUARY 27, 2015 In order to help support people in Saskatchewan living with cognitive disabilities, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), mentorship training was offered in Regina on Thursday for the second year in a row. “It’s a spectrum, so no one is the same. You could work with one individual […]
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June 04, 2015

Experts work to keep expectant mothers from drinking

90WAFB Baton Rouge, LA Feb 17, 2015 By Graham Ulkins BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Most people have heard of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, but it’s a disorder that’s often misunderstood. Most children exposed to alcohol in the womb can develop a lesser form of a similar condition that falls under the umbrella of Fetal Alcohol […]
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June 03, 2015

Prisons falling behind in treating fetal alcohol cases: Sapers

iPolitics By Janice Dickson | Mar 24, 2015 Prisons are doing a poor job of treating inmates afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Canadian Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers told a justice and human rights committee Monday afternoon. “The unfortunate reality is that most FASD-affected offenders come into prison undiagnosed and untreated and they remain that […]
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June 03, 2015

Women urged to ‘think before they drink’

Whitehorse Daily Star By Stephanie Waddell on March 23, 2015 Nine years ago, at the age of 19, Jessica Fulmer was not only too nervous to go to a drug store and buy a pregnancy test, but she also didn’t have the $15 to $20 needed to purchase the test. Had she been able to […]
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June 03, 2015

Drinking while pregnant isn’t worth the risk, says Christine Rogan

‘‘At the moment we are catching them at the bottom of the cliff and we want to get them at the top,’’ 31 Mar 2015 The Nelson Mail [New Zealand] SAMANTHA GEE Alcohol risks outlined to mums Drinking while pregnant isn’t worth the risk, says Alcohol Healthwatch health promoter Christine Rogan. Experts in foetal alcohol […]
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June 03, 2015

NMSU Students Educate Public About Risks Of Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

March 17, 2015 By KRWG News And Partners Students in a New Mexico State University Public Health Sciences Class have launched a campaign to spread awareness about the risks that are involved with drinking alcohol while pregnant. It’s called, “Sober Choices, Healthy Babies.” According to Ruben Marquez, an NMSU Senior studying Public Health Sciences, their […]
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