NOFAS Weekly Roundup March 16, 2015

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NOFAS News
Order NOFAS DVD: “In Our Own Words”
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In this new video, produced by NOFAS, you will hear stories from children and adults whose lives are affected by FASD. This video is an excellent resource for teachers, FASD trainers and advocates, healthcare providers, and students. Through the sharing of personal stories, viewers learn how FASD affects people in many different ways. Both strengths and challenges are portrayed.
 
Free NOFAS Webinar: Treating FASD with Nutritional Interventions
March 18, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
This webinar features Jeffrey R. Wozniak, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota.   Dr. directs the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry where he sees patients with a variety of neurodevelopmental, neurological, and psychiatric conditions.
 


Community News
FASD Community Attempts to Pass Alcohol Signage Law in Iowa
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“The March of Dimes helped put together a bill to require all bars and restaurants in Iowa to put up signs that warn about the dangers of drinking while pregnant in women's restrooms or the business could face a $100 fine… Republican Sen. David Johnson, along with two Democrats, declined to push the bill out of subcommittee… The March of Dimes director of government affairs said they'll try to get a version of this bill passed again next year.” – KCCI News 8
 
Taxes Raised to Pay for Additional Supports for School FASD Programs
“​Winnipeg School Division trustees approved a $387.5 million budget late Wednesday that will raise school property taxes 3.2 per cent… The school division will hire more educational assistants for students with behavior disorders and will pay for additional supports for high school FASD programs.” – Winnipeg Free Press
 


Research
Study in Low-Income Neighborhood Finds 57% of Children Have ND-PAE
“A study of 611 low-income, mainly African American, psychiatric outpatients attending a single family medicine clinic on Chicago's South Side between May 2013 and January 2014 showed that 39% had clinical profiles consistent with ND-PAE. The prevalence of ND-PAEs in children in the study was 57%.”Full text of study. - Medscape
 


Policy News
U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case of Man with FASD Facing Death Penalty
“The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether Florida’s sentencing scheme for capital cases is constitutional… The case – Hurst, Timothy L. v. Florida – involves the sentencing of a man found guilty of murdering his coworker in a Popeye’s fried chicken restaurant in 1998. His lawyers argued on appeal that the jury did not properly consider the fact that Hurst was intellectually disabled, having allegedly suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome.” – U.S. News & World Report
 
FASD Bill Discussed by Canadian Bar Association
A member of the Canadian Bar Association will address the Canadian House of Commons on a bill, first introduced by MP Ryan Leef, which would help recognize FASD as a brain disease and help people with FASD in the criminal justice system. – CBC News
 


Public Health
Australian Premier Pledges $2.3 Million for FASD Clinic
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New South Wales, Australia Premier Mike Baird pledged to open the first Australian center dedicated to diagnosing and treating children affected by FASD. “The new clinic will be run at Westmead Children's Hospital, where a successful pilot program is already being run.” – Sydney Morning Herald
 
Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal — But Is It Safe?
“A powdered form of alcohol called Palcohol is now approved for sale in the United States, but how safe is this product?  Some health experts say they are concerned that powered alcohol could be abused by minors, or could be more easily more easily hidden and consumed in places where people are not allowed to have alcohol. But others argue that there is no reason the drug would be more hazardous than liquid alcohol.” – Live Science
 


Webinars
Free NOFAS Webinar: Treating FASD with Nutritional Interventions
March 18, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
This webinar features Jeffrey R. Wozniak, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota.   Dr. directs the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry where he sees patients with a variety of neurodevelopmental, neurological, and psychiatric conditions.
 
MOFAS: Create Calm! Without the Storm March 19, 201512:00 PM – 1:15 PM CST. MOFAS is “offering a FREE webinar designed for caregivers! This presentation will discuss the number one reason for intense behavior in children and how to create calm, the top 3 landmines that trigger yelling and defiance, and how to make your home an enjoyable space. Presenter: Samantha Moe, M.A. SLP is a Certified Parent Coach and Innovator of Mad to Glad BlueprintTM.”
 


Events 
Ounce of Prevention Conference April 7, 2015. Worcester, Massachusetts. “This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.”
 
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.