NOFAS Weekly Roundup April 27, 2015

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Read the Tweets From Our Twitter Chat!
Read all the tweets, organized on Storify, from the NOFAS Twitter Chat on Alcohol, Pregnancy, and FASD.  The chat took place on Thursday, April 23, with hashtag #NOFASchat.  


Parents of Children with FASD Focus on Their Needs and Strengths
Mary Katasse’s “three adopted children — Julian, Christian, and Lexi — all of whom have challenges and deficits because they have been affected by alcohol in the womb, have shown Mary and her family that focusing on their needs and strengths — and ignoring negative behavior — works.” -  Juneau Empire
Lack of FASD Funding Even After Boy's Death Exposes Gaps in Support
An FASD organization in Canada sought additional funding this year “in hopes of expanding its program province-wide, especially in light of concerns raised after the death of six year-old Lee Allan Bonneau by a troubled 10-year-old child with very severe FASD.”  Yet, the organization got nothing to expand the program. – Regina Leader-Post
U.K. Supreme Court Rules Alcohol Use During Pregnancy Cannot Be a Criminal Offence
The court “unanimously agreed that ''a mother who is pregnant and who drinks to excess despite knowledge of the potential harmful consequence to the child of doing so is not guilty of a criminal offence under our law if her child is subsequently born damaged as a result''. – Daily Mail
272 Children with FASD Were Hospitalized in England in Past 12 Months
“Hundreds of children were admitted to hospital last year after being born brain damaged following exposure to alcohol in the womb, alarming new figures have revealed.   In total, 272 youngsters left disabled by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome were hospitalized in England over the past 12 months, according to data from the official Health and Social Care Information Centre.” – Daily Mail
Pot Shop Warnings for Pregnant Women Rejected in Colorado
“A Senate committee voted 5-4 Wednesday to reject the idea. Four Republicans and one Democrat on the committee said it's not fair to require maternal warnings in pot shops but not liquor stores or drug stores.  "All of those things could be damaging to someone who's possibly pregnant," said Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton.” – ABC News


Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy and Adverse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes
This article, published in Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health states, “There are several unsolved questions related to prenatal alcohol exposure and adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes.”
Ethical Considerations in Working with an Individual impacted by FASD
This is a presentation by Janice Gordon-White, LCMHC and Tami Eller, ACMHC of Cottonwood Treatment Center.
Irish Women Who Drink in Pregnancy More Likely to be Middle Class
“Women who continue to drink alcohol during pregnancy are mostly… middle class and have private health insurance, a leading obstetrician has revealed.” – The Independent


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NOFAS Featured Webinars
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
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; and Supporting people with disabilities in speaking out against violence. NOFAS Spokesperson Kathy Mitchell will present on victims with FASD.

Other Webinars
MOFAS Free Webinar on Guardianship May 8, 2015Noon – 1 PM Central Standard Time. Cost: FREE. “Caregivers of individuals with an FASD are often encouraged to consider guardianship as a strategy to supporting their children. Jason Schellack of the Autism Law and Advocacy Center will present an overview of guardianship and will share tips with caregivers considering guardianship as an option. Space is limited.”


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.”
FETAL ALCOHOL & OTHER NEUROBEHAVIORAL CONDITIONS: Understanding & Application of a Brain-Based Approach July 9-11, 2015. Portland, Oregon. “This session provides information about FASD and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on behaviors of children, adolescents and adults. FASD is a brain-based, neurobehavioral condition. The workshop will educate you on the current status of research for identification and on a best practices approach for treatment and accommodations. The goal is to increase understanding, reduce frustration, and expand options.”
Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) National ConferenceNovember 5-7, 2015. Washington, DC. “This year's theme is "Integrating Policy and Research into Teaching and Practice." We have planned an exciting conference featuring oral abstract and poster sessions, skills-focused workshops, one-on-one career mentoring, and plenary sessions addressing issues of national and international importance. Conference Travel Awards are available!”
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.