The Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services in holding Roundtables “…to hear from service providers, advocates, families, caregivers and especially individuals affected by FASD, and to listen to the challenges they face and learn about what they believe is needed to better meet their needs…” [See below and click to find out dates and times. By invitation only. Contact FASDStrategy@ontario.ca
Two sessions have already taken place in Hamilton and Peterborough on May 4 & 5, 2015.
There is also an online questionnaire.]
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
What is fetal alcohol spectrum disorder?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is among the leading causes of cognitive and developmental disability among children in Canada. It is caused by maternal ingestion of alcohol during pregnancy. Approximately one in one hundred Canadians is affected by FASD.
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services is committed to supporting children and youth with complex and special needs to ensure that every child in Ontario has the best possible start in life. As part of this commitment, the ministry is working to improve the experiences and outcomes for individuals affected by FASD across their lifespan.
To guide our work the ministry has established an expert group of FASD researchers and clinicians. Interviews will be conducted with a number of key stakeholders from across Canada to seek evidence-based input and expertise to inform the strategy.
The ministry is also hosting province wide roundtables to inform the development of our strategy. This is an important opportunity to hear from service providers, advocates, families, caregivers and especially individuals affected by FASD, and to listen to the challenges they face and learn about what they believe is needed to better meet their needs. The dates and locations of the roundtables can be found here. http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/topics/specialneeds/fasd/locations.aspx
We also want to hear from you. Have your say by completing the online questionnaire. http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/topics/specialneeds/fasd/survey.aspx
If you have any questions, please contact FASDStrategy@ontario.ca