NOFAS Weekly Roundup - May 5, 2015

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Mobilizing the FASD Community to Take Action
Free NOFAS Webinar
WED, May 20  |  2:00-3:00 pm ET  

The webinar will be presented by Sara Messelt, Executive Director of MOFAS, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Since 1998, the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) has led the cause of preventing FASD and alcohol related birth defects.



Families Living with FASD in South Africa

This in-depth article profiles mother Tammy-Ann Julies and her children.  Up to 20.9% of children in some South African towns are affected by FASD – the highest reported figure in the world.

– Mail & Guardian

Young Woman with FASD Wins Marathon

29-year old Jennifer-Lynn Schneider, who was diagnosed with an FASD, “was the first woman across the finish line at the 42-kilometre Waterloo Marathon: her first race of that distance.”

Guelph Mercury

Women's Binge Drinking Fuels National Boom

“Fetal alcohol syndrome makes the rise in drinking among women a particularly serious problem.  If the woman becomes pregnant and doesn't realize it, that's when the fetus is most vulnerable…. Women should be alarmed."

– Philadelphia Inquirer

Father Writes About Daughter with FASD

Pastor Larry Rorem writes that his “42 year old adopted daughter was born with FASD… Understanding, empathetic, compassionate, and competent care seldom comes her way. When her symptoms become too much for society to handle, she usually ends up in prison and is punished for her disability.”

– Juneau Empire

NCCJD White Paper: Violence, Abuse, and Bullying

This paper has useful information for families from The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability (NCCJD).


FASD: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

This book is a publication of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Volume 20, Issue 2, 2015.


When Someone with an FASD is Arrested: What You Need to Know (Video) 

View the video recording of this webinar presented by Dr. Paul Connor. The webinar discusses 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. WATCH NOW.




Upcoming Webinars

Free NOFAS Webinar: 
Mobilizing the FASD Community to Take Action
WED, May 20, 2015.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.

The webinar will be presented by Sara Messelt, Executive Director of MOFAS, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.   Since 1998, the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) has led the cause of preventing FASD and alcohol related birth defects.

Students with FASD: Simple Strategies for Behavioral and Academic Success 
May 6, 2015.
1:00 PM ET.
Presented by Deb Evensen. “Working with the developmental age of students  with FASD is the foundation for developing positive behavioral outcomes.” “Connection Information Go to: the “Enter as a Guest” option Enter your name, first and last, with designation in the box designated Nam= e (ex: Jane Doe, MD). Enter the passcode: fasd Click on the “Enter Room” button.”

MOFAS Free Webinar on Guardianship 
May 8, 2015.
Noon – 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.”



Upcoming Events

Here are some upcoming events in the FASD Community: 

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 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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