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Edmonton Alberta is now home to a unique housing facility specifically for individuals diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The Hope Terrace Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program includes access to a case management and 24/hour support team. This facility is owned by Homeward Trust with the Bissell Centre providing internal and external support services for residents.

Internal supports are provided by a case management team that is able to tailor programming and support to the resident. The needs addressed may range from mental health and addiction supports to daily living and financial skills, however, are unique to the individual needs of the resident.

The case management team’s support workers are able to accompany residents to various appointments and commitment and work to establish a sense of community through group outings and in-house cultural supports for indigenous folks.

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Image source: http://homewardtrust.ca/programs/completed-details.php?id=23

Bissel Centre website for contact & extended information.

Global News Edmonton also covered this story. Click on the link for the news article and footage.

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KnowFASD

After what seems like far too long, KnowFASD is back in operation! To those of you who use the site regularly and have been waiting for its return, thank you for your patience.

If you have never visited the site, please feel free to drop by and check it out! Take a browse through the interactive home page and learn more/find help on the site’s wiki.

Our goal with KnowFASD is to provide a comprehensive site where viewers can learn about the neurobehavioural deficits associated with FASD throughout the lifespan and link to intervention options.

The main homepage of the website is an interactive interface where viewers can scroll through the lifespan of individuals with FASD, with neurobehavioural issues at each developmental stage presented as they may appear in day-to-day life. By clicking on a neurobehavioural issue, viewers are directed to a “wiki” (which works in a similar fashion to Wikipedia) housing information from current research on the neurobehavioural issue at hand. Each wiki page discusses a specific neurobehavioural issue: how it presents, potential causes, and potential consequences. At the bottom of each page, a link is provided to topic-specific intervention options.

Please feel free to visit the site, pass it along, and give us your feedback or suggestions. Check back often as we continue to upload information, links, and resources.

Visit KnowFASD

Improving Awareness and Treatment of Children with FASD and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders
When:  January 15, 2014,  2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Webinar presented by NOFAS on FASD and psychiatric disorders including discussion surrounding history, experiences, diagnosis, treatment, and recommendations. For related information, see the article “Improving Awareness and Treatment of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders”, prepared by the Disability Service Center JBS International Inc.

Raising a Child with FASD
When: January 16, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CST
Webinar for current and prospective caregivers and professionals providing an overview of FASD and discussion of what it is like to raise a child with FASD

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) FASD Centre for Excellence and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome(MOFAS) present a series of 3 webinars:

1) FASD Basics
When:
February 13, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CT
Dr. Jeff Wozniak provides a basic introduction to FASD

2) FASD and Co-Occurring Issues
When: February 20, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CT
Dan Dubovsky discusses the co-occurrence of FASD and mental health issues

3) Family Matters: Strategies for Successful Outcomes
When:
February 27, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CT
Dr. Chris Boys and Dan Dubovsky discuss strategies for front line workers and caregivers of individuals with FASD

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