NOFAS Weekly Roundup December 29, 2014

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NOFAS News
Free NOFAS Webinar: Triumph: Educating Students with an FASD
January 21, 2015. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. The webinar features Sister Suzette Fisher of Double Arc/NOFAS Ohio.  Sr. Suzette earned her Master and Specialist Degrees in Education from Bowling Green State University. In 1992 she co-founded Double ARC and soon after became immersed in the field of FASD.

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Community News
Brandan, 19-Year Old with FASD, Growing Through Love of Music
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Brandan Gelo was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and was the first musician with developmental disabilities to play in his high school band.  His mother, Julie Gelo, works in the fetal alcohol clinic at the University of Washington and is part of the NOFAS Affiliate Network. “He's a miracle,” Julie Gelo said. “Special ed kids often get shoved off to the side. Music has saved his life.” – The Herald of Everett, Washington
 
Profile of 2-Year Old Jamil, Living with FASD
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“Jamil Henley came into the world on June 4, 2012. He was born with a heart murmur, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome… A sweet baby with big brown eyes and a wide smile, Jamil's life improved dramatically thanks to a grandmother's love and Kids In Distress, an agency in Wilton Manors that comes to the rescue of children in need throughout Broward County [Florida].” – Sun-Sentinel
 
Judge Specializing in FASD Set to Retire
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Michael Jeffrey is retiring after over 30 years as Superior Court Judge in Barrow, Alaska. “Jeffery championed a change to state law in 2012 that enabled judges to allow lower sentences for people with fetal alcohol syndrome or related disorders… He hopes to continue his efforts at tackling FASD issues… “As I go into retirement, I think I’ll be spending more time on those issues,” Jeffery said.” – Alaska Dispatch News
 
Public Health
FASD in Review: Prevalence of FASD
“This month, FASD in Review examines a new article in the journal Pediatrics by Philip A. May, Ph.D., and colleagues that estimates that the prevalence of FASD among school children may be significantly higher than previous estimates. Our review summarizes the findings and discussions their implications for the FASD field.”
 
Research News
Alcohol Increases Suicide Risk Among Women: Study
“A new study has found that the suicide risk increases among women who use alcohol. The risk is more in those women who have symptoms of insomnia such as sleep disturbance and daytime tiredness.” –Delhi Daily News
 
Webinars
Triumph: Educating Students with an FASD
January 21, 2015. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. The webinar features Sister Suzette Fisher of Double Arc/NOFAS Ohio.  Sr. Suzette earned her Master and Specialist Degrees in Education from Bowling Green State University. In 1992 she co-founded Double ARC and soon after became immersed in the field of FASD.
 
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.”
 
FASD Forum and Training February 4-6, 2015. Juneau, Alaska. “This four-day forum will offer strategies for addressing FASD — for parents, teachers, attorneys, judges, behavioral health/developmental disability providers, medical professionals, probation and corrections, and others.”
 
The 6th International Conference on FASD March 4-7, 2015. Vancouver, BC, Canada. “This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. First held in 1987, the conference brings together people passionate about this work in a stimulating environment where they can learn and forge new partnerships.”

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