SAVE THE DATE: Our Next FASD Community of Practice Event
Tuesday, March 20th from 2-4pm
Location TBD

Taming Stigma in FASD:  Strategies for Our Community
With Paula Stanghetta
RSVP to Karen Huber at

Iceland began ‘upstream’ prevention initiatives in the mid 1990s and to date they have seen massive reductions in the use of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco amongst youth – results not seen anywhere else in the world. What are the key elements of their sustained success that could boost upstream prevention efforts in Canada?

Dr. Kristjansson is part of a team in Reyjkavik that has created and implemented one of the most systematic, multisectoral, and effective programs in the world. Dr. Krisjansson will address both the ongoing research project and the details of program implementation. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Alfgeir Kristjansson to Canada.

An expert panel and audience dialogue will follow the presentation.

Brought to you by the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, Laurier and Kitchener Public Library

Are you participating in the new trend, Dry January?
Stick to your New Year’s Resolution to drink less this year! Researchers have found that numbers of binge drinkers who consume alcohol in risky ways have increased significantly over the years. Dry January is the first step! Here are some articles provided through Twitter by @CANFASD that list the benefits.
Ontario and Effective IEPs - For Students Impacted by FASD
A helpful how to guide by Robert More
Have you heard about Spoon Theory? Take a peak at this video. It gives a great explanation of Executive Functioning Fuel. 
On December 14, 2017, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament Sophie Kiwala presented two important private member’s motions for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Ontario.
The first one, to recognize September 9th of each year as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (FASDay) in Ontario, received unanimous consent from all parties.

The second motion put forward Bill 191, an Act to amend the Education Act in relation to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) was carried for first reading, but requires a total of three readings to receive royal assent and come into law.

The bill includes:

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

1 The Education Act is amended by adding the following Part:

Board activities
320.1  (1)  Every board shall promote awareness and understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), including best practices to support pupils who may have FASD.

(2)  Every board shall facilitate collaboration with parents and FASD Support Groups in undertaking the promotion under subsection (1).
Please consider writing to Education Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris through email to express your support of this Bill at
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