NOFAS Weekly Roundup August 3, 2015

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NEW AT NOFAS   August 3, 2015  
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The 2015 NOFAS International Gala

The 2015 NOFAS International Gala will be held at the Embassy of France on September 17 in Washington, D.C. Join NOFAS, FASD advocates from around the world, individuals and families living with FASD, friends of NOFAS, and leading lawmakers and members of the diplomatic corps to celebrate alcohol-free pregnancies and the achievements of children and adults living with FASD.

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On Love, Adoption and Raising
3 Kids With FASD

“Not many people wish to raise a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. Diane Lohrey is no different. But when she and her husband adopted three children, all later diagnosed with an FASD, they accepted the hardships and the rewards.”
- Alaska Public Media

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TV News Piece on Girl with FASD

This local news video segment profiles a mother and her 17-year old adopted daughter who lived with FASD in Asheville, North Carolina. 
- ABC News 13

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Updated FASD Curriculum Development
Guide Available

The updated FASD Competency-Based Curriculum Development Guide for Medical and Allied Health Education and Practice is now available.  It is a product of the formerly CDC-funded FASD Regional Training Centers and partners. This guide is designed to improve prevention, identification, and management of FASDs and can be used to develop educational programs and materials in a range of formats based on the needs of learners. The Curriculum Guide includes seven competencies.

New “FASD in Review” Examines Research on Costs of FASD in the Correctional System

“FASD in Review examines an article titled “Cost Attributable to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Canadian Correctional System.”  This study estimates the costs for youths (12-17 years old) and adults (18+ years old) with FASD in the Canadian correctional system in 2011/2012. Estimating these costs is vital for quantifying the social impact of FASD and demonstrating its significance as a public health issue.”



Drinking at Conception Boosts Diabetes Risk for Baby
“Babies conceived by women who drink alcohol around the time of conception face dramatically increased risks of type 2 diabetes and obesity in early middle age, a University of Queensland study has found.”
- Medical Xpress
Prevalence and pattern of alcohol consumption during pregnancy in the Netherlands
The objective of this study is “To estimate the prevalence of alcohol consumption during pregnancy in the Netherlands in 2007 and 2010.”  The study concludes that “In contrast to Dutch guidelines which advice to completely abstain from alcohol, one in five women in the Netherlands consume alcohol during pregnancy.”
- BMC Public Health


NOFAS Recorded webinar:
The Role of the Social Worker in Preventing,
Identifying and Treating FASD

This webinar was presented by Dr. Leigh Tenkku Lepper and David Deere, LCSW.

This webinar examined the role of the social worker in the prevention, identification and treatment of FASD. The webinar offered a discussion on how the social worker can utilize alcohol screening and brief intervention with their female clients to prevent them from having an alcohol-exposed pregnancy. This webinar provided what we currently know in how to identify clients who may present with symptoms of having a potential FASD.