NOFAS Weekly Roundup May 26, 2015

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NEW AT NOFAS   May 26, 2015  

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.

This 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. Strategies for “grassroots” and “grasstops” outreach are shared. We explore how to engage self-advocates, family members, community partners and other key stakeholders in creating change that will improve the lives of people impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure. Suggestions for legislative activity that will make a difference on the state and local level are addressed.


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Raising a Foster Child Living with FASD

Kathryn White is the adoptive mother of two teens living with fetal alcohol syndrome, including Chris, who turns 18 soon. “Chris' milestone makes him an adult; it will hard for his parents to find the shelter and counseling he needs. Kathryn White is not giving up on her son Chris — who doctors say has the mind of a 9-year-old.”
– Los Angeles Times

News Video: Mother in Recovery Speaks About Her Alcohol and Drug Use During Pregnancy

Kristan Barnard, now five years sober, shares her story of using alcohol and other drugs while pregnant and losing custody of her daughter.  Now, Kristan is a public speaker and has been reunited with her daughter, and is friends with the foster mother that helped raise her.
– WMAR 2 ABC News


Canada Close to Recognizing FASD
in Criminal Code

“The Canadian justice system is one step closer to recognizing the potential impacts of FASD. This week the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network (CanFASD) was acknowledged by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as a 'vital' contributor in its report on Bill C-583, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code.”

News Video: FASD Training in West Virginia

“The Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Center [in Weirton, West Virginia] held a hands-on training event discussing FASD… More than 30 health care professionals took part. The workshop focused on why there's an increase in prenatal exposure to alcohol and prescription drugs, as well as recognizing the physical and development effects of the disorder.”
– WTOV 9 NBC News

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Judge Says New Zealand Courts
Ill-Equipped for FASD Cases

“These are young people with a disability," says Judge Crawford.  "We need to treat them as if they have a disability. If they get the support and the intervention they need, they can be diverted away from the criminal justice system. If they don't receive that support, that intervention, the likelihood is their behavior will escalate."
– 3 News

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'Just One Drink' During Pregnancy?
Not Worth It

Blogger Leah Campbell writes, “the question for me then becomes: Why risk it?  We know that alcohol has the very real potential to cause brain damage for a developing fetus and cause cognitive and behavioral issues.”



Youth with FASD 19 Times More Likely to Have Trouble with the Law

“Youth with FASD are 19 times more likely to get into trouble with the law than other people, a [New Zealand] district health board says… Judge Catherine Crawford, of West Australia, told the forum, "Children adversely affected by neuro-disability, resulting from alcohol exposure during pregnancy, are at an increased risk of committing crime or being a victim of crime… She said that when she spent a day in the Whangarei Youth Court, six of the 19 young people before the court had been diagnosed with FASD.”
– The New Zealand Herald

What Happens If You Drink Before You Know You're Pregnant?
New Research Has A Scary Answer

“Trying to having a baby? You might want to hold off on that evening cocktail -- even if you're not sure whether you're pregnant yet.  While we all know that drinking during pregnancy can inflict long-lasting damage on a baby, the effect of alcohol on a developing embryo before a woman knows she's pregnant has been less studied.  Now, provocative new research on mice suggests that a mother's drinking -- even in the first three weeks of pregnancy -- may create changes in the genes of the embryo that can cause permanent damage.”
– Huffington Post

Early Maternal Alcohol Consumption Alters Hippocampal DNA Methylation, Gene Expression and Volume in a Mouse Model

This study states, “Our study indicates that ethanol exposure in early gestation can cause changes in DNA methylation, gene expression, and brain structure of offspring. Furthermore, the results support our hypothesis of early epigenetic origin of alcohol-induced disorders: changes in gene regulation may have already taken place in embryonic stem cells and therefore can be seen in different tissue types later in life.”
– PLOS One



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.






MOFAS FASD Webinar: 
Challenges and Strategies
for Rehab Specialists

WED, May 27, 2015
Noon – 1:00 PM Central Time.

Featuring: Megan Bresnahan: Occupational Therapist at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.  This webinar will provide “education and resources for rehab specialists (Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists) and other professionals who evaluate and treat children with a FASD.”



FASD Events

Here are some upcoming events in the FASD Community: 
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 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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