Welcome to FASD Research Project!
This research project is lead by Dr. Michelle Stewart at the University of Regina. Working with her team of students, Dr. Stewart has a multi-level research project in three key areas:
FASD & Social Justice: Those that are living with FASD can experience many challenges across their lifespan. Some of these challenges are a result of the disability itself (physical and cognitive) and others are a result of the ways in which the disability is framed and understood by others. These understandings have significant impacts on the lives of those who have FASD as well as their families and caregivers. This section will highlight how research is being framed and applied to address the social justice disparities that can surround FASD.
FASD & the Lived Experience: This project includes collaborations in BC and Saskatchewan that focus on the lived experiences of people with FASD with attention to the need for life-long supports and experiences of receiving diagnosis. Contact us for infographics available free of charge. Data collection is ongoing.
Strengths-Based Workshops: This pilot project uses strengths-based approach to understanding FASD. The project uses improvisation to explored key issues facing people who have FASD. Preliminary findings will be released in Fall 2016 (including tools such as sleep aids). Contact us for a copy of research infographic.
THINGS ARE ALWAYS CHANGING….
Initially this page was created in Fall 2013, in response to requests for information when Dr. Stewart interviewed police and community organizations. The goal was to provide resources to frontline workers and a broader audience as part of Dr. Stewart’s SSHRC-sponsored research that ran from 2012-2015. Since 2015, Dr. Stewart has expanded her research to place an emphasis on the social justice issues that are often central in discussions about FASD and this is informed by the lived experiences of those that have FASD alongside the perspectives of their families and caregivers. In the coming months you will be able to find more information about preliminary findings, new research and further resources.
Until then, the website contains information on workshops and events and resources pertinent to professionals who work with individuals that have FASD. There is also a section about FASD in the news, as well as podcasts and research findings.
This web page is a product of Dr. Michelle Stewart’s research team from the University of Regina. This research has been made possible by the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, University of Regina and Canada FASD Research Network. For questions and/or comments regarding the research project or about upcoming events please feel free to contact us. Dr. Stewart is at the Strategic Lead for Justice Interventions with Canada FASD Research Network, the Director of the Community Research Unit, she is also an research affiliate to the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre and Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit.