Ontario Expanding Diagnostic Services for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

TORONTO – The Ontario government is investing $2.8 million annually to expand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic services by funding 12 new FASD clinics for a total of 21 funded FASD diagnostic clinics across the province.

With this additional funding, the government is investing $10.1 million in annual funding towards FASD programs and services and

3 Indigenous-Led FASD and Women’s Health Initiatives in Canada

Xyólhmettsel Syémyem (Family Empowerment Team) in British Columbia connects women and families with substance use services, child welfare services and care committees, food banks, housing services, crisis support, income support, and other community-based programs and services. The Family Empowerment Team also holds acknowledgement ceremonies for the women where the community, friends, family, and service providers gather

CanFASD: Putting Evidence in Women’s Hands – Alcohol and Cannabis Use When Breastfeeding

Two updated resources are available about alcohol and breastfeeding: a research update from CanFASD Alcohol and Breastfeeding and a brochure from Best Start Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding. They both illustrate how little research there is available, and how public health messaging directed to new mothers has changed

First mobile app for caregivers of children with FASD reaches trial stage

In the summer of 2017, Christie Petrenko, an assistant professor and research associate at the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center, and Cristiano Tapparello, a research assistant professor in the University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, teamed up to create the first mobile phone app for caregivers of children with

Patients with FASD: Tips for Healthcare Providers

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline health care providers are working day and night to protect the health and safety of individuals all across Canada. We honor and respect their sacrifice and commitment to Canadians in this challenging time. This blog post from CanFASD provides a few tips to

COVID-19 Tips for Caregivers of Individuals with FASD

COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that can be spread from person to person through small water droplets from the nose and mouth. There are a number of preventive health measures that you can implement to reduce the risk of infection or transmission. However, preventive health practices can be difficult to implement in a home with children, particularly

COVID-19 Tips for Individuals with FASD

Information about COVID-19 or coronavirus seems to be all over the news these days. The government is recommending that Canadians practice “social distancing measures”, which means that people should stay home and avoid contact with one another. Events have been cancelled, schools and daycares have been closed, and the daily routines in workplaces are changing.