Criminal Code must recognize FASD: Yukon MP

A recent CBC news article highlights the work of Yukon MP, Ryan Leef, who recently introduced a private member's bill asking for amendments to the Criminal Code by defining FASD and considering it as a mitigating factor in sentencing.  Click here to view this article.

Yukon MP Ryan Leef says people with FASD face inequities in all levels of the justice system. (CBC)

Middle-class women are ignoring the rules about drinking during pregnancy, study finds

An article by Melissa Breyer highlights a study by British researchers that found more that 50 percent of women in the white-affluent-educated socioeconomic class drank an average of 4 units of alcohol per week during their first trimester.  The research was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and the researchers suggest that their findings reinforce the need for endorsing an 'abstinence only' message for women who are pregnant or planning to conceive.

To read this article, click here.

Study of the effectiveness of a Pro-D program on the academic achievement and classroom behavior of students with FASD

A recently published study in the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research observed a statistically significant improvement in intervention students’ classroom behavior. An improvement of moderate effect size was seen for academic achievement, although the changes were not statistically significant. Teachers reported that the professional development program changed their teaching practice. Intervention teachers described how they redefined students’ behaviors and adapted their teaching practice to accommodate students’ neurological deficits.

The results provide preliminary support for the effectiveness of the professional development program for elementary school teachers teaching students with FASD. 

To access the full text of this study, click here.

Deb Evensen: 5 things you should know about FASD


“If you think FASD doesn’t affect you and your family, Deb Evensen wants you to think again.  Evensen has been educating Alaskans about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for more than 30 years. She works with school districts and organizations across Alaska and the U.S. to address the issue. In this video, she explains the five things everyone should know about FASD.” - Anchorage Daily News

Forensic Assessment and Treatment: FASD Learning Series

This webcast hosted by the Alberta Government highlights Dr. Vinesh Gupta, Section Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Alberta Health Services

Learning Objectives: - Understand the concept of NCR (Not Criminally Responsible) - The applicability of NCR defense for clients with FASD.

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Pre-conception drinking by dads can damage foetus

An article by Catherine Shanahan of the Irish Examinier highlights a study that concludes that paternal alcohol exposure prior to conception causes developmental defects in the next generation at pre- and post-natal stage. 

According to the article, this is the first definitive evidence that fathers' drinking habits pre-conception can cause significant foetal abnormalities.  To read this article, go to .

Raising child with ARND a challenge for Burlington couple

Raising child with ARND a challenge for Burlington couple

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Koby Cunningham sits with his grandmother Lori in their living room of their home in Burlington.
This article by Hilary Caton of the Burlington Post chronicles the challenges faced by 7 year old Koby Cunningham and his grandparents.  The young boy has a diagnosis of Alcohol Related Neuro-development Disorder (ARND).  To read his story, go to

CHOICES: A Program for Women About Choosing Healthy Behaviors

Choices is an evidence based brief intervention focused on helping women lower their risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP) by reducing risky drinking, using effective contraception, or both.  It has been implemented in areas of the US, Canada, Russia and South Africa in various forms, controlled trials and pilot studies.

To find out more about this program including quality of research, costs and contact information, go to .

The 6th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Changing the Conversation

The conference will bring together a diverse group of professionals, families and individuals with FASD to discuss research, evidence, model practice and ideas to expand how we sustain and enhance the lives of individuals with FASD. Participants will consider and debate how we continue to build on strengths and modify existing programs, services and systems to address barriers to ethical practice in healthcare, housing, social services, mental health, criminal and civil justice, employment and education. Participants will explore ideas for the creation and provision of integrated and collaborative approaches across systems with an emphasis on inclusion, creating a good life, social justice and practicality.

Conference Dates:

Wednesday, April 9 - Saturday, April 12, 2014

Conference Location:

The Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C 2R7


BROCHURE is now available.

Today’s Children & Youth, Tomorrow’s Families 2014 Youth and Family Consensus Conference

May 2 - 3, 2014 | The Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites | Vancouver, BC