University of Salford – UK registers remarkable presence at the EUFASD 2022 conference
The much-awaited 6th European FASD conference was held in Arendal, Norway from the 12th to 14th September, after two years of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government of Yukon (Canada) – Statement from Minister of Health and Social Services on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month
“September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month and I want to thank everyone who is helping increase awareness and understanding about this challenging condition and the supports available to those living with FASD.

Alaska Public Media (USA) – How an Anchorage woman is spreading awareness of FASD by painting rocks
Karen Lomack walked around Midtown Anchorage on a recent Thursday afternoon with a stack of rocks painted to look like red shoes. She tucked one next to a bunch of gravel, its bright crimson shine standing out among a sea of gray and white.

CBC (Canada) – Nunavut organization seeks to shape new attitude about FASD among Inuit
Celebrate, don’t condemn, those with FASD: that was the message highlighted last Friday by an Iqaluit-based non-profit.

Stuff (New Zealand) – Man with various disabilities, including possible FASD, avoids prison after violating girls
A man who could have been sentenced to six years’ prison for sexually abusing two girls will instead serve home detention because a combination of abuse and lifelong mental health issues played a big part in his offending.

NHS Highland (UK) – No alcohol in pregnancy is the best and safest choice
The Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership along with NHS Highland are raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) throughout September.

Dominican Today (Dominican Republic) – Dangerous belief: “A little beer cleanses the baby”
The Dominican Republic is one of the countries with the highest rates of alcohol and drug use among pregnant women, and a good number of them are rooted in the vain belief that “a little beer cleanses the baby.”

Croakey Health Media (Australia) – Privileging the voices of people with lived experiences of addiction
People with lived experience of addictions sent powerful messages to politicians, health systems and professionals, the media and the wider community at a groundbreaking conference in Canberra this week.

For those who have even the most basic understanding about FASD and the challenges it brings to family life when a child has FASD, there is enormous respect for the patience, energy and determination these parents and carers exercise every day in their efforts to support their child and achieve the best outcomes for them.

The Representative for Children and Youth (Canada) – A Parent’s Responsibility: Government’s obligation to improve the mental health outcomes of children in care
A new report released today by the Children’s Health Policy Centre at Simon Fraser University and commissioned by the Representative for Children and Youth shows that young people in government care in comparable jurisdictions to British Columbia have dramatically higher rates of mental health disorders than the general population.

FARE Australia (Australia) – How Australia is criminalising people with FASD
Everyone with a disability should have access to the support they need. This is especially true for a lifelong disability like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). People with FASD experience neurodevelopmental challenges that can affect motor skills, language, executive functioning and social skills.

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute (Canada) – Challenge the Stigma
Up to 4% of Canadians have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Preventing FASD is more complex than recommending no alcohol use in pregnancy. FASD can happen in any community or group where alcohol is used.

CanFASD – Feature: The Experiences of a Birth Mother
My name is Nadia Mallet. I am a Regional Coordinator for the NB FASD Centre of Excellence, but more than this title, I am a biological mother of a child diagnosed with FASD.