Welcome to FASD Research Project!

This research project is lead by Dr. Michelle Stewart at the University of Regina. For simplicity, this website has been divided into 4 different sections:

Free Resources: A collection of resources that can be used by various organizations and groups that come in contact with individuals with FASD.

Our Research: A section explaining the three key areas of Dr. Stewart’s Research Project

Other Research: A section highlighting the research of other organizations across Canada and internationally.

About the Team: A section describing the past and present members of the research team, their contributions, and a form to contact us with new resources and relevant information.

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This web page is a product of Dr. Michelle Stewart’s research team based out of the University of Regina. This research has been made possible by the willingness of hundreds of people who have shared their experiences and insights with us as we all work to better understand FASD and best support individuals in our communities. The research is support by generous support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada FASD Research Network, University of Regina, Canada Council for the Arts and the countless hours of students who work on this team. For questions and/or comments regarding the research project or about upcoming events please feel free to contact us. Dr. Stewart is a Strategic Lead with Canada FASD Research Network  and the Director of the Community Research Unit at the University of Regina. She has recently joined the University of Regina Research Team with SSHRC-sponsored research with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. She is also o an research affiliate to the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre and Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit.

2 thoughts on “Welcome to FASD Research Project!

  1. Very impressed….You have taken on a pretty major project that is so sorely needed.. I work in a system where we receive clients (inmates) by default from a system that doesn’t yet have the tools / resources for proper screening and diagnosis and then if we get a diagnosis we don’t have the resources in place or the training to put the interventions in place to ameliorate the secondary and tertiary disabilities.
    Resources are needed on both sides of the fence when it comes to the Criminal Justice System so we can get away from the thinking that screening leads to a responsibility to diagnose and then to a responsibility to put in place what is needed to make things work for the affected person, the support people, the court system, the adjudication team and the list just keeps going on.
    There are pockets of good things happening across the country but it is not the norm.
    There are so many things that need to be going on simultaneously in order to address all of the needs so accolades to all involved in furthering the research.
    We will all keep our lobbying hats on for Bill C-235..excellent work..
    Thanks to all,
    Gary

  2. Hi! I just read a book that might be interesting because it resonates with and affirms the “We are all Living in Our Imaginations” project title. It is “The Tale-Tellers: A Brief Study of Humankind by Nancy Huston. The 2008 book is in very limited supply but available through Sask. library system. The book elucidates the ‘fictions’ and narratives which all humans spin and live by, and explains the value and importance of reading written novels. This Meaning- making might be transferable to the experience of indigenous oral traditions of storytelling and daily discourses as well. It creates a space for understanding how diverse peoples and various processes shape the lives we lead… and it is applicable to the project participants we met and ‘played and improvised with’ the Summer of 2016. Indeed an Improv Circle creates a space to create and share (give and hear) our collective stories whereby others (no matter what role, ability, culture, background or perspective) may experience, learn and grow from such exposure. The book is an interesting and liberating treatise on human narratives that make up our very individual and collective lives ( this comment offered by project participant – Rick Kotowich )

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