NOFAS Weekly Roundup April 6, 2015

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NOFAS Twitter Chat!
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 at FASD Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC
NOFAS Vice President Kathy Mitchell and Dr. Ed Riley, prominent FASD researcher and member of the NOFAS Board of Directors, will be featured at an April 13 Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill.  Sponsored by the Friends of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Alcohol and Pregnancy: An Overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders will educate policymakers on the latest FASD research and programs.
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. 


April is Alcohol Awareness Month
“For the 2015 NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month, [the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence] NCADD has chosen a theme designed to highlight the pervasive impact that alcohol, alcohol-related problems and alcoholism have on individuals, on families and children, in the workplace and in our communities: NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month 2015, "For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction."
The Guardian's In-Depth Article on FASD and Alcohol and Pregnancy

This in-depth article profiles individuals living with FASD and their families.  The article discusses a range of topics in the FASD field, including diagnosis of FASD, the criminal justice system, stigma issues, and includes information on the NOFAS affiliate in the U.K. 
ACOG Blog: Help Educate Women to Drink Responsibly
NOFAS thanks ACOG for posting this blog by Dr. John C. Jennings, which makes the point that there is no safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy.
FASD in Review Examines Study on Missed and Misdiagnosis of FASD
“A new study published in the February 2015 issue of Pediatrics by Ira Chasnoff and colleagues examines the rate of misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses of FASD among a sample of foster and adopted children… The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence has developed a review of the article and its implications.”
Announcing the Premiere of MOFAS Live
“MOFAS Live! is a series of educational talks to raise awareness of FASD. The goal of the series is to prevent FASD, provide an outlet for families impacted by an FASD to share their journeys, to educate professionals and others about the impact of the disability, to shed the stigma associated with the disorder, and ensure the human and civil rights of individuals impacted by prenatal exposure are protected.” The first edition of MOFAS Live! Is available on April 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time via live stream.
Papillion Center Newsletter, April 2015
This is the latest newsletter from NOFAS affiliate The Papillion Center for FASD, located in Tennessee.
Colorado Lawmakers Look at Pot-shop Warnings for Pregnant Women
“Colorado pot shops would have to post warnings for pregnant and nursing women under a bill that passed its first test at the state Legislature on Tuesday… A potential version brought by the bill's sponsor shows an infant and the words "MARIJUANA AND YOUR BABY," followed by a statement in bold font, "There is no known safe amount of marijuana use during pregnancy." – The Republic
FASD is a Major Problem in South Africa
“The Western Cape [region of South Africa] has emerged as the area with the highest incidence globally, according to a recent UCT study. The province has an incidence of between 40.5 to 46.4 cases per 1 000 children aged 5 to 9.” – IOL News


The Economist: Unequal beginnings
This article discusses how “A child’s long-term well-being is more profoundly shaped by influences in pregnancy than used to be realized.”
Socioeconomic Status Moderates Genetic and Environmental Influences on Alcohol Use
“Research on genetic and environmental influences underlying alcohol use has thus far failed to uncover specific causes, likely because genetic and environmental influences vary by context. A study of the moderating effects of socioeconomic status (SES) on genetic and environmental influences on alcohol use has found that genetic effects on amount of alcohol use are greater in socioeconomically disadvantaged environments.” - Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
New Guidance on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
“SAMHSA has released a new guide for expanding the use of medication in clinical practice for the treatment of alcohol use disorder: Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder—A Brief Guide. The guide was created in partnership with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism by convening a panel composed of experts in research, clinical care, medical education, and public policy.”

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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

Women Connected: Families and Relationships in Women’s Substance Use and Recovery April 9, 2015.3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET. “This webinar offers service providers specific strategies to address women’s need for connection with others especially children and family. Participants will gain knowledge and resources that can help engage women in substance use treatment and recovery, including an array of family-based interventions.”
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 with any questions.


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