fasdNL offers supports and training for individuals, families, and professionals impacted by FASD across Newfoundland and Labrador.
Service Provision & Support
fasdATLANTIC Caregiver & Parent Facebook Group fasdNL moderates a private Facebook group for parents and caregivers of individuals who have FASD in the 4 Atlantic provinces. Search "fasdATLANTIC Caregiver & Parent Group" on Facebook. You will be required to answer membership questions before entry is granted.
IEP/ISSP Meeting Support fasdNL is offers IEP/ISSP meeting support for families across Newfoundland and Labrador who have a child diagnosed with FASD. This service is intended to: 1) support parents/caregivers in provide information about FASD to teaching and support staff, and 2) suggest useful strategies for supporting the child with FASD in the classroom setting.
In-Person Resource Libraries fasdNL offers several resource libraries in various locations of the province. Resources may include a range from children’s books for kids about FASD, books for parents and caregivers, educational strategies, information for social workers and other frontline workers who work with youth and young adults with FASD, and FASD screening toolkits for health professionals. See below for a listing of locations that have an FASD Resource Library. ● Nunatsiavut Communities ● Sheshatshiu ● Natuashish ● Corner Brook ● Grand Falls-Windsor ● St. John’s For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly Support Group for Parents & Caregivers fasdNL hosts a monthly virtual meeting for parents and caregivers of individuals with confirmed or suspected FASD across Newfoundland and Labrador. Meetings may relate to a specific topic (e.g., advocating and supporting your child at school) or a general question and answer format. To attend or for more information, email: email@example.com
Private Chat Group for Parents and Caregivers fasdNL moderates a private online chat group for parents and caregivers of individuals with FASD. This space is intended to be a safe space for members to ask questions or advice, share frustrations and daily living strategies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to self-refer.
Training & Webinar Delivery
Customized FASD Training fasdNL offers virtual half day and customized FASD training for professionals, families, community organizations and the general public. Our training addresses up to date diagnostic information about FASD, addresses stigma and shame associated with the disorder, as well as interventions and strategies for a strength based approach. We offer training in all regions of the province. Email email@example.com to learn more or to request training.
Education, Awareness & Research
FASD Awareness Day & Month Events #MoveForFASD Each September, fasdNL marks FASD Awareness Day and Month by hosting Move for FASD (#MoveForFASD),an Atlantic-wide event aimed at raising awareness and encouraging discussion about alcohol, pregnancy, and FASD, through movement in whatever way you are able. Organize a walk with friends, go for a bike ride, swim, dance, etc., and encourage discussions about FASD!
FASD Awareness Month Proclamations To recognize FASD Awareness Month in 2022, we invited municipal and provincial governments across Atlantic Canada to issue proclamations acknowledging September as FASD Awareness Month. In 2022, 57 communities, cities and provinces in Atlantic Canada issued proclamations. Check out our social media (@fasdNL), or see our Annual Report for details.
More coming soon! Research fasdNL, in partnership with researchers at Memorial University and Concordia University, are conducting the first provincial and local community needs assessment to ascertain the main social, familial, educational, health, and legal needs associated with FASD. Using a multi-stage model, we are determined to identify key FASD needs, service barriers and strategies for improvement and access in the province. Learn more or participate in this research by clicking here.
FASD Work in Atlantic Canada
Toward FASD Prevention in Atlantic Canada With funding support from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), fasdNL is leading Toward Prevention,a three-year FASD prevention, awareness and training initiative in the four Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick). Read the project announcement here and learn more about our Atlantic-wide FASD prevention and awareness social media campaignhere.
In 2020, fasdNL led the creation of the Atlantic FASD Community Network. The Network comprises of community partners, professionals, and individuals with lived experience across the Atlantic provinces. The Network also has a blog featuring the experiences of individuals living and working with FASD in Atlantic Canada. Read the blog here.
Networking and Increasing Capacity fasdNL continues to network with other community organizations, levels of government, individuals with lived experience and professionals to seek opportunities about increasing capacity of FASD responses across our province. fasdNL hosted a national FASD conference in St. John's in 2013, and we are planning our 2023 conferencenow.
In 2017, fasdNL brought together professionals from Eastern Health, Western Health and Labrador Grenfell Health along with Provincial Government and the Lakeland Centre for FASD (Alberta) to address the lack of diagnostic capacity in three of Newfoundland and Labrador's health regions. To learn more about FASD assessment and diagnostic work underway in Newfoundland and Labrador, clickhere.