NOFAS Weekly Roundup December 15, 2014

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NOFAS News
NOFAS Free Webinar: Policies and Practices to Reduce the Risk of Abuse, including Sexual Violence, Against People with an FASDDecember 17, 20142:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. This webinar features Nora J. Baladerian, PhD.  Dr. Baladerian's presentation will cover both personal (family and individual with FASD) and agency-level practices to reduce the risk of abuse and the impact of abuse when it happens.
 
Happy Birthday to FASD Pioneer Ann Streissguth!
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NOFAS wishes Ann Streissguth a very happy birthday and is thrilled to share sentiments and photographs for Ann from her friends and admirers in the FASD community and beyond.
 
Policy
Bill Boosting Financial Security for Disabled Clears U.S. House, Awaits Passage in Senate
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“The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act won approval this month in the House on an overwhelming bipartisan vote. Final action was pending Saturday in the Senate. Enactment of the bill would be a milestone reflecting growing public acceptance and understanding of intellectual disabilities. Under the act, a disabled person can have a tax-advantaged savings account worth up to $100,000 without losing any federal benefits.” – Washington Post
 
FASD Services Bill in Canada Moves Forward
A bill moving forward in Canada would recognize FASD as a mitigating factor in criminal sentencing and “adds conditions that will allow judges to direct additional orders beyond parole and make special provisions for an individual who is placed in the jail system.” – Epoch Times
 
Community News
Writer Pens Memoir About Raising Adopted Son with FASD
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Linda Rosenbaum is the author of a memoir of her son who lives with FASD, titled “Not Exactly As Planned: A Memoir of Adoption, Secrets and Abiding Love.”  Rosenbaum writes about her son’s challenges and struggles and says, “I kept stressing that every page oozes with love.” – Toronto Star
 
Wine Spectator: “On Alcohol and Pregnancy, the Jury’s Still Out”
This article discusses the recent study by Dr. Philip May that found that as many as 4.8 percent of children in a sample population have FASD. This study is presented in contrast to a study on light drinking that found no association with certain negative health outcomes.  NOFAS maintains that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.
 
Public Health
Australia's Alcohol Problem Fills Doctors with Dread at Christmas Time
“Emergency doctors know that their department is not the ideal place for addressing the widespread misuse of alcohol in Australian society. As a physician who inherits their patients on the medical ward, I believe that the acute hospital system as a whole is a poor place for alcohol education and rehabilitation. The hospital is like a revolving door for those who present with signs of alcohol misuse or abuse.” – The Guardian
 
Research News
No research news listed this week.
 
Webinars
NOFAS Free Webinar: Policies and Practices to Reduce the Risk of Abuse, including Sexual Violence, Against People with an FASDDecember 17, 20142:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. This webinar features Nora J. Baladerian, PhD.  Dr. Baladerian's presentation will cover both personal (family and individual with FASD) and agency-level practices to reduce the risk of abuse and the impact of abuse when it happens.
 
Events 
Papillion Center FASD Conference January 30, 2015. Nashville, Tennessee. Strategies for Education: Understanding FASD and Children from Hard Places. “Do you live with, teach, or work with a child from a hard place? Do you find yourself wondering how to best help the child in your care? If so, this conference is for you. We will be covering the “why” behind the behaviors and the “how” to help makes things different. You will leave this conference with a “tool box” of usable information and a greater understanding for the children in your care.”