NOFAS Weekly Roundup June 8, 2015

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NEW AT NOFAS   June 8, 2015  

NOFAS Reception in Washington, DC - June 16, 2015

The 2015 NOFAS Reception will be held at the outdoor patio of the Embassy of Italy on June 16 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM in Washington, D.C. Pizza will be provided by Oro Catering. 

Tickets can be purchased for $25.  If you are living with FASD or are a family member of an individual with FASD, you may purchase one ticket for your entire immediate family.  Join NOFAS, its affiliates, supporters, friends, family, and FASD advocates from around the country to celebrate alcohol-free pregnancies and the achievements of children and adults living with FASD.


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Young Man with FASD Finalist for
Cover of Runner's World

Andrew Peterson was diagnosed at an early age with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, yet he has become an accomplished competitive runner, a winner of multiple Gold medals in the Special Olympics, a speaker and coach, and a recent finalist for the cover of Runner’s World magazine. 

You can watch this video on Andrew from the Special Olympics.

FASD Awareness Efforts in Australia

“In the past, failure to recognize FASD [in Australia] has resulted in some children being treated only for conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or dismissed as “just naughty”. 
– The West Australian


Man with FASD Forced to Spend Year in Jail Due to Lack of Disability Housing

“A cognitively impaired South Australian man has been forced to spend almost a year in jail, despite being eligible for release, because of a lack of disability housing. The 22-year-old… has fetal alcohol syndrome.  In 2013, a District Court judge found him mentally unfit to stand trial for stealing a handbag from a house.”
– ABC News, Australia

Problem Drinking Rises Sharply
Among Idaho Women

“The share of Idaho women who had consumed more than four drinks at a time at least once within the previous 30 days rose by nearly one-fifth between 2005 and 2012, to 12 percent, according to a new national study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.”
– Idaho Statesman

Commissioner Says UK Failing
Children with FASD

Former UK children's commissioner Sir Al Aynsley-Green says, “In Canada, they are totally persuaded that exposure to alcohol before birth is the single most important preventable cause of learning disabilities, brain damage, poor behavior and even criminality – and are spending huge sums of money on prevention and supporting mothers and children. But here in the UK, we are simply not doing enough to raise awareness of the dangers of consuming alcohol when pregnant or doing enough to support mothers-to-be to help them make informed choices.”
– Chronicle Live



FASDs Are More Common Than Thought,
Say Researchers at Congressional Briefing

“FASD is more common than researchers had thought, George F. Koob, PhD, who directs the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said at the briefing on April 13, which was co-hosted by APA's Science Directorate Government Relations Office. New research shows that FASD affects 2.4 percent to 4.8 percent of U.S. children when partial cases are included.”
Monitor on Psychology

Nutrition and FASD: An Interview with Dr. Christina Chambers 

“The FASD Center’s Ask the Expert column begins a two-part look at nutrition as a vital issue for pregnant women and new mothers. Part I features an interview with Christina D. Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H., who discusses key nutritional issues for pregnant women, her research and awareness efforts related to FASD, and general health issues related to pregnancy.”



Watch NOFAS Recorded Webinar:
Mobilizing the FASD Community to Take Action

The webinar is presented by Sara Messelt, Executive Director of MOFAS, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The webinar provides a step by step process for mobilizing community members to take action to prevent FASD and stand up for those who are living with an FASD.






FASD Webinar Presented by Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones 
June 17, 2015. 11:00 AM ET.

Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD is Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. “This webinar will provide a retrospective look at 40 years of FASD… The webinar will be moderated by Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, Professor, University of California, San Diego.  This webinar, hosted by the Teratology Society with the support of OTIS MotherToBaby, is free and open to the public.
Criminal Justice and FASD Introductory Webinars
Part 1: June 16 – June 17
Part 2: June 23 – June 24

This research-based FASD Curriculum Infusion Package (CIP) was developed to be integrated into existing undergraduate-level criminal justice courses and beginners-level in-person/online workshops . The CIP is based on the core competencies established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and consists of two 50-minute modules.



FASD Events

Here are some upcoming events in the FASD Community: 
SoCal NOFAS FASD Parent/Caregiver Support Group 
June 9, 2015. San Diego, California. “This month we are excited to have our education specialist, Rachelle Feiler, facilitating the meeting.  Rachelle will be there to answer all your questions regarding school, learning, IEPs, 504s, and any other classroom questions.”

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.”

Representing Individuals with FASD 
June 19, 2015. Des Moines, Iowa. Presenters are William Edwards, J.D. Deputy Public Defender, Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender and Larry Burd, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Director of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center, University of North Dakota School of Medicine.
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.”

MILE Instructor Training 
July 23-24, 2015. Atlanta, Georgia. “The Math Interactive Learning Experience (MILE) program is a learning readiness and math intervention program for children with FASD.  The 1 1/2 day training provides the theoretical overview of MILE, instructor modeling, and hands-on guided practice on how to implement the program.”
Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) National Conference November 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.


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