Welcome to the 6th Annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Symposium featuring a new look at addressing mental health including stigma faced by people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
This Symposium is for anyone who recognises that they interact regularly with people with FASD – at work, at school, at home and in the community – and want advice on strategies to improve these interactions.
This conference is designed to not only provide tools for working with individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder but will also provide in-depth learning for those working in the education, health, mental health, child development, law enforcement, corrections, child welfare, and social services sectors.
We all have a role to play in increasing awareness about how alcohol impacts unborn babies and supporting people with FASD and their families. FASD affects +/– 1.5 M Canadians – There is no safe amount, no safe type, and no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
Some presentations broadcast at this conference may contain material that may be triggering or traumatic for some viewers, including stories about violence resulting from the intersection of disability, poverty, racism, sexism, and discrimination.
If viewing these presentations causes you discomfort or psychological distress, you may reach out to the Fetal Alcohol Resource Program (FARP) team for support (email@example.com; 613-761-9522 ext. 234) or contact the following resource links:
Children and youth may call a counsellor at Kids Helpline at 1-800-668-6868.
If you already have a Social Worker, Psychologist or Psychiatrist as part of your care team, please reach out to them directly. Emergency Rooms have an on-call Social Worker and Psychiatrist if you feel you need a more immediate response.