NOFAS Weekly Roundup April 13, 2015

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NOFAS Twitter Chat!
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NOFAS is hosting a Twitter Chat on Alcohol, Pregnancy, and FASD on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET.  We will be using the hashtag #NOFASchat. 
 
NOFAS Webinar:
When Someone with an FASD is Arrested: What You Need to Know

April 15, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Paul Connor. Though not everyone with an FASD gets in trouble with the law, research shows that these incidents occur far too frequently. This webinar will discuss research on how commonly troubles with the law occurs for people with FASD, and how many of the cognitive difficulties that occur in FASD can lead to problems when interacting with police, attorneys, and judges. 

NOFAS Thanks Delta Phi Epsilon
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NOFAS is delighted to partner with Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, which chose to support NOFAS because the Sisters believe in our global mission to educate the public about FASD and the dangers of drinking during pregnancy. The Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon have chosen to support NOFAS through fundraising at Georgetown University. 
 


FASD News

FASD and Post-Adoption Depression
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“Sometimes a child's condition and behavior can lead to post-adoption depression in parents. One such condition is FASD… Kari Fletcher, a parent-support specialist for Minnesota's Adoption Support Network and an independent trainer who conducts educational sessions on FASDs throughout the U.S., said that… "If adoptive parents aren't aware that their child has fetal alcohol syndrome, it could be a variable that leads to post-adoption depression." – Chicago Tribune
 
Story of Three Children with FASD in Alaska
This is the first in a three-part series on FASD. “Mary Katasse has a smile that lights up the room when she begins to talk about her three adopted children. Each was affected by alcohol in the womb.  “I love all my children,” she said, “but these three brought something out of me I just didn’t know I had — a level of love I didn’t know was possible.”… The Katasse family depicts a strength and needs-based approach for raising children with disabilities far beyond their time, and it would behoove the rest of us to take note.” – Juneau Empire
 
15 Shocking Alcohol Statistics for Alcohol Awareness Month
Statistics include: “Approximately 17 percent of men and 8 percent of women will be dependent on alcohol in their lifetime. (NIAAA).” – Huffington Post
 
NOFASD Australia April 2015 Newsletter
This newsletter from the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia contains a variety of news and resources.
 
Editorial: Alcohol Poses Great Risks to Unborn Children
This editorial by Karel Homrig states, “One popular misconception is that consuming "some" alcohol during pregnancy is safe. However, there is no known safe amount or type of alcohol to consume while pregnant. Abstinence from alcohol while pregnant is the best approach to ensure that a baby is born without an FASD.” – The State Journal-Register
 
Video Presentation: "Putting FASD on the Map"
This video represents Susan Elsworth’s LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) project through Riley Children's Developmental Center. It provides some basic information regarding FASD, Central Indiana NOFAS and Susan’s son.
 


Research

New Research May Lead to Better Outcomes for Children with FASD
Rajesh Miranda, Ph.D. “is involved with a multinational research project sponsored by the National Institutes of Health that is studying infants born to mothers in the Ukraine and trying to determine if it is possible to predict the outcome for these infants based on these markers in the mother’s blood.  Miranda’s laboratory is currently assessing these markers in blood samples from pregnant mothers. He hopes that relating these markers to infants’ language and motor skills as they develop over time will provide a means to predict early childhood outcomes in fetal alcohol syndrome, as well as other developmental disorders.” – Vital Record
 
Study: One Glass of Wine Can Stop Fetus Breathing
“Even one glass of wine can stop the fetus moving and breathing in the womb for up to two hours, an expert has warned. Professor Peter Hepper from Queen’s University Belfast carried out a study, the first of its kind, looking at the effects of low-level alcohol exposure on fetuses in the womb… Professor Hepper said even one glass of wine or small measure of spirits can influence the behavior of the fetus in the womb.” – Irish Times
 


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NOFAS Featured Webinars

NOFAS Free Webinar:
When Someone with an FASD is Arrested: What You Need to Know

April 15, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Paul Connor. Though not everyone with an FASD gets in trouble with the law, research shows that these incidents occur far too frequently. This webinar will discuss research on how commonly troubles with the law occurs for people with FASD, and how many of the cognitive difficulties that occur in FASD can lead to problems when interacting with police, attorneys, and judges.
 
Violence in the Lives of People with Disabilities:
Emerging Issues and Solutions for 2015 and Beyond

April 30, 20151:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET
NOFAS Spokesperson Kathy Mitchell will present on victims with FASD.  “This webinar addresses emerging issues in the field with a panel of experts and advocates covering topics like:  Using trauma-informed care principles when working with victims with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). Assisting crime victims with complex communication needs. Supporting victims with specific types of disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). Responding to bullying of students with disabilities. Supporting people with disabilities in speaking out against violence.
 


Other Webinars
 
Free MOFAS Webinar: Supporting Individuals with an FASD Across the Life Span April 17, 201512 Noon– 1:30 PM Central Time. Join us for an informative webinar presented by Dr. Kathy Hotelling.  This informational webinar will explain the common limitations of traditional supports as well as methods to “think outside the box”.  Kathy’s mix of personal experience and professional expertise provides a great resource for professionals and caregivers. Register today, space is limited.  Contact ruth@mofas.org with any questions.
 


Events 

Two Part Training: Demystifying FASD April 24, 2015 and May 8, 2015. Toledo, Ohio. “This two-part training will help medical and allied professionals and social service professionals understand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Implications for prevention, screening techniques, learn strategies and more.”
 
Screening: Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up with FASDs April 30, 20157:00 - 9:00 PM. Baltimore, MD. “Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up With FASDs” explores the lives of four adolescents with FASDs and the effect that prenatal alcohol exposure has had and continues to have on their journeys to finding independence, fulfillment, and understanding the world around them. The hour long movie will be followed by an hour long discussion with the film’s Executive Producer and nationally recognized FASD expert, Dr. Ira Chasnoff.”
 
Training: Identifying and Treating FASD May 1, 2015. Silver Spring, MD. "This full day training aims to educate parents, mental health and other child-serving professionals about the signs and symptoms of FASD, and to provide a toolbox for working with these children and adolescents to help them succeed.”
 
Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity May 18 & 19, 2015. Honolulu, Hawaii. “The 2015 conference theme is Deep Impact.  Recognizing our shared responsibility, how can we strengthen the positive impact we already have on our communities, regions, and countries and in the world? By attending the conference, you will be part of a wide network of individuals and communities who strive to make a positive difference in the world for our hundreds of millions of fellow human beings who just want a shot at living to their own full potential.  Be there and share your brilliance with the world.”
 
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for alcohol and other drug use: An Interprofessional Conference June 9-10, 2015. Pittsburgh, PA. “Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health and evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs… The target audience for this conference are health professionals – nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral health counselors, social workers, and public health workers.”
 
Call for Presentations: MOFAS FASD Matters Conference November 19-20, 2015. Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. MOFAS is looking for presentations that: provide new information, ideas and solutions for families, agencies, and systems to implement, share innovative strategies, tools, and best practices, increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of those living and/or working with someone with an FASD.