Accommodating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 2015: Skills, Strategies Supports

 

This conference, to be held in East Vancouver, British Columbia on October 15th 2015 is being held in order to bring together front-line workers and resources in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Community.

The DTES is a place where those that are most vulnerable and marginalized wind up after being failed time and time again by the systems of our society. There is an alarmingly high number of individuals living in our community with an FASD. These folks are living with addictions and very chaotic levels of substance use, involved in the survival sex trade, chronically homeless, malnourished, extremely vulnerable and often times with constant police contact due to violence and other secondary disabilities and survival-based behaviours. We do not accept this as a reasonable outcome for these folks.

Our committee is working to coordinate a second FASD in the DTES conference to bring together front-line resources, workers and community members to share the skills, strategies supports that it takes to help engage with this population in an empathic, proactive and strengths-based manner. Our intention is to improve the housing, health and wellness outcomes for individuals living in this community with an FASD. We know from first-hand experience that being informed about FASD reduces burnout, improves your relationships with these folks, increases job satisfaction and reduces our exposure to preventable violence.

We are holding an open call for abstracts for a Keynote speaker. Someone who is passionate about this highly marginalized population and the topic at hand. This call for abstracts closes on April 23rd. If you our someone you know is a good fit for this opportunity please apply!

Here is the link: http://fasdinthedtes.wix.com/heartsandminds#!presenters/ccf5

This is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led event being coordinated through Forest and the Femme Society.

Jaime Adams
Program Coordinator, Forest and the Femme Society
Committee Chair, FASD in the DTES
forestandthefemme@gmail.com