The 5th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth and Adults and Developmental Disabilities Conference: Moving from Diagnosis to Practical Strategies


November 16-18 2016


The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites



The term Developmental Disabilities (DD) refers to individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum, fetal alcohol spectrum and related genetic syndromes such as down and fragile X syndrome. Children, youth and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2016 conference will focus on practical strategies to optimize their potential. Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with individuals with DD, and their families, to improve their quality of life experience



The 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

When: March 1-4, 2017


The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC


Advance Notice/Call for Abstracts:

Please email: for more information and to be put on the enquiry list



FARE Australian FASD Action Plan

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education has prepared an Australian FASD Action Plan in collaboration with relevant FASD organisations including the rffada.  It is hoped that the Plan will form one of the recommendations of the House Standing Committee on Social Welfare and Legal Affairs Inquiry into FASD.

rffada September 2012 Newsletter

Read the latest newsletter from the rffada.  Articles include:

  • Online Petition – Need to reach 1000 signatures by 13 September 2012
  • New warning over alcohol
  • Tracking the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure through to 9 years of age
  • Professor Barry Carpenter [ABC Radio: Adelaide] Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs Working Party on FASD: Final Draft (Editors: Lucy Burns, Emma Black, and Elizabeth Elliott, August, 2009)
  • Statement to the House of Representatives Inquiry into FASD(National Congress of Australia First Peoples, August 2012)
  • NOFAS: Stanford Research President Advances International Research on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
  • ‘There is no safe amount’
  • Sleep Problems in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Pregnancy alcohol message ignored
  • Children with Foetal Alcohol more likely to end up in prison
  • Although the Federal Government remains convinced that moderate to heavy alcohol is required to do damage, at least some money is trickling down
  • New Techniques Yield New Info on Alcohol Related Birth Defects
  • Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant Has Long-Lasting Effects In Children,
  • Imaging study sheds new light on alcohol-related birth defects
  • Mom warns others against drinking during pregnancy
  • Health care burden and cost associated with FAS: based on official Canadian data.
  • FASD Awareness Day and Melissa’s Story: Alcohol During Pregnancy
  • AAP endorses statement on alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Recognizing Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) in Primary Health Care of Children
  • National Center for Victims of Crime 2012 National Conference
  • Rising incidence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in South Africa
  • Variation Noted in Pattern of Alcohol-Related Birth Defects
  • 1 in 3 pregnant women in SLO County drinks alcohol in first trimester states officials
  • C.A.S.E. Adoption Support Newsletter
  • Reaching out to Birth Families and Parents

Alcohol and Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Resources

This is to inform you that the Alcohol and Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Resources for Health Professionals resources are available as hard copies and may be ordered and mailed to you (free of charge) or downloaded from our website Please pass this information and website on to your networks.

FASD addressed in the latest edition of the Youth Court of NZ newsletter

The 50th issue of  “Court in the Act”, the newsletter of the Youth Court of New Zealand, includes Part 1 of a 2 part article on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and have raised concerns that FASD is going undiagnosed and un-recognised in NZ.  They are calling for information, particularly any initiatives to assist affected individuals, or […]