Highlights of 2014

2014 yielded many highlights both for the FASD Research Project as well as for the field of FASD research itself.

  • Click here for preliminary research findings for FASD at the Frontline.
  • Click here for the full final report for FASD at the Frontline.
  • Click here for key findings and policy recommendations from FASD at the Frontline.
  • The Report and Recommendations are coming soon to a library near you. If you have suggestions on other places for distribution please contact us.

  • The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights has tabled their Final Report to Parliament on amendment to Criminal Code to include FASD and is scheduled for a second reading in Parliament on November 19
    • Click here for the full text of Bill C-583 
    • Click here to read the report on FASD.
  • New Issue Paper! FASD & the Criminal Justice System

New Resources

The field of FASD research is an ever changing one be sure to follow our website for new resources updated regularly.

  • The 2014 issue of Judge’s Page focused on FASD. Click here to access issue.
  • Now available, the Top 5 Resources can be found by clicking here.
  • Click here to access resources from Canada FASD Research Network including a template letter.

Research Findings

Below are some of the results of Dr. Michelle Stewart’s research over the course of the FASD Research Project.

Click here for preliminary research findings.

Click here for the full final report for FASD at the Frontline.

Click here for key findings and policy recommendations from FASD at the Frontline.

FASD: What’s the Point? — Free 1/2 Day Workshop

FASD—What’s the Point?
This FREE 1/2 day workshop will focus on THREE practical points that will improve your communication skills with people that have FASD. Discover simple, proven strategies that improve communication and understanding. This session will be interactive and focused on frontline workers and their client’s needs. This is a follow-up to a workshop held in 2014 that brought together 200 participants from across Saskatchewan to discuss FASD.  Building on the success of that session, this workshop will offer practical strategies to better work with your clients. Pre-registration required: fasd@reginacommunityclinic.ca

Workshop will be held on  Monday, May 11 2015 at the University of Regina from 8:45 – Noon.
Lunch will follow.

Post workshop options:
1:30-2:30: FASD 101 a refresher and update
1:30-2:30: Focus Group for 2014 FASD on the Frontline participants.

“Dispensers at Yukon College, Dirty Northern pub”

“Dispensers at Yukon College, Dirty Northern pub”


By: Philippe Morin, CBC News, 29 March 2015

Accessed on: 29 March 2015

Commentary by: Sarah Cibart

A few weeks ago Whitehorse became home to a research project out of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The project, funded by the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon (FASSY), focuses on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD. A major part of the project involves pregnancy test dispensers in washrooms meant to encourage women to ensure they are not pregnant before they consume alcohol. The second piece of this project aims to provide women with education and support surrounding pregnancy and alcohol consumption. The dispenser with pregnancy tests also has a QR Code (smartphone scanner) which links to FASD resources and a survey. If the women complete the survey, they are entered to win a $15 iTunes gift card.

In this article the interviewer speaks with Jessica Fulmer, who lives with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and is a mother herself. Fulmer states that she would have found it much easier to take a pregnancy test in college had the washrooms offered an accessible, affordable, and discreet dispenser. “It is scary to learn you are pregnant”, said Fulmer, “this is one thing that will help break the stigma.”

Wendy Bradly, Director of FASSY, says the pregnancy test dispensers help normalize the process of testing for pregnancy. It is her hope that these dispensers become as normalized as condom dispensers in public washrooms. New and innovative methods of surveying ways to support women in FASD prevention are both valuable and groundbreaking.

See you in Vancouver at FASD & Law Workshop!

We are excited to report that upwards of 100 people are registered for the free one-day workshop focused on FASD and Law.

The workshop will be hosted March 3, 2015 in advance of the 6th International Conference on FASD that runs March 5-7.

This pre-conference workshop will have nearly 20 speakers and group discussions.

The workshop is entitled “FASD and the Law: Continuing the Conversation about Current Research, Best Practices, and Ethical Considerations.”

Updates will be posted here including podcasts featuring speakers and a summary of the event.

FASD & the Law: Free Workshop – March 2015

February Update:

This will be a pre-conference event prior to 6th International Conference on FASD called “Research: Results and Relevance 2015” that is being held March 4-7 in Vancouver B.C. The pre-conference session on FASD & the Law will feature upwards of 20 short presentations. We are currently finalizing the schedule of speakers but emerging themes currently include: justice and law, corrections and incarceration, research and training, as well as family and care providers’ perspectives on justice encounters. We will have a complete list of speakers and schedule available in late January so stay tuned. This event is free and is open to the public. We do ask that you register for the event by contacting: faslaw@uw.edu Please share this event with your contacts and we hope to see you in Vancouver in the Spring!  See the preliminary schedule below – and register today! Please share with contacts and check out the facebook page by clicking here.

FASD & The Law:

Continuing the Conversation about Current Research, Best Practices & Ethical Considerations


Registration and Coffee—8:00am to 8:15am

Welcome and Opening Comments (Fia Jampolsky, Kathryn Kelly & Michelle Stewart)—8:15am to 8:30am

Session I

FASD, Mental Health & Wellness Courts—8:30am to 9:15am

·       Judge Toth (Canada), Just Do It: How to Start a FASD Court Without Resources and Actually Get Something Done

·       Suzie Kuerschner (Canada), Wellness Court & Sentencing Plans for Defendants Living with FASD

·       Kelly Rain Collins (USA), Juvenile Mental Health Court


FASD in the Courts—9:15am to 10:15am

·       Judge Jeffrey (USA), TBD

·       Judge Wartnik (USA), FASD: Perseveration and Being “Bored”

·       Frances Gordon (Canada), FASD and the Principles of Sentencing: A Turn in the Road since R v Charlie

·       Magistrate Crawford (Australia), TBD

BREAK—10:15am to 10:30am

Thinking with Families and Youth about FASD and the Law—10:30 to 11:15am

·       Dorothy Reid, Canada FASD Research Network (Canada), Don’t Forget About Us: A Family’s Perspective on FASD and the Law

·       Dr. Lori Cox (Canada), The Nogemag Healing Lodge: Working with Youth and Families with FASD

·       Kee Warner & Deb Evenson (Canada), Not The Same Old Kettle of Fish: Communicating for Comprehension


Discussion Session One: Ethical Considerations—11:15am to 12:00pm


Dr. Amy Salmon (Canada), Engaging the Criminal-Legal System in FASD Prevention: Current Debates and Implications for Reproductive Justice

Audience and Panelists Discussion Hosted by: Fia Jampolsky

·       Emerging & best practices regarding FASD in the legal system

·       Ethical issues raised in these practices and possible remedies


LUNCH—12:00pm to 1:00pm



Youth Interventions—1:00pm to 2:00pm

·       Dr. Christina Chambers (USA), Screening for FASD among Juvenile Detainees in San Diego

·       Dr. Maya Peled (Canada), Breaking Through the Barriers: Supporting Youth with FASD Who had Substance Abuse Challenges

·       Dr. Steven Youngentob (USA), Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: The Role of Chemosensory Fetal Programming in Adolescent Alcohol and Nicotine Acceptance.

·       Richard Willier (Canada), FASD and Youth Diversions

Education and Justice Outreach—2:00pm to 2:30pm
· ·       Heather Jones (Australia) Developing FASD Educational Interventions for Justice Professionals

·       Dr. Michelle Stewart (Canada) Managing Expectations: Frontline Police Perspectives and the Limits of FASD Training


BREAK—2:30pm to 2:45pm


Discussion Session Two: Prevalence—2:45pm to 3:30pm


Dr. Kaitlyn McLaughlin (Canada), TBD

Discussion Host: Kathryn Kelly

·       What is at stake in prevalence studies?

·       What are some of the practices being used to establish prevalence?

Assessment and Assistance—3:30pm to 4:00pm

·       Betty Lou Benson (Canada) TBD

·       Lisa Bunton, (Canada), Providing Services to Offenders with FASD: Challenges and Successes (pending approval)

Discussion Session Three: Looking to the Future—4:00pm to 4:30pm

Audience and Panelists Discussion Hosted by: Michelle Stewart

·       What is on the horizon in the fields of FASD & the Law?

·       What are the research needs in these fields?

*Note: this is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change. Registration required. Contact faslaw@uw.edu.

Deadline extended for one week only! Invitation to: FASD & Law Workshop

Invitation for presenters and Participants!

FASD and the Law: A Conversation about Current Research, Best Practices, and Ethical Considerations

There are just a few spots left for those that might want to present at the upcoming FASD and Law workshop. This event will be free for participants and will serve as a pre-conference event for those attending the 6th Annual International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Research, Results and Relevance. Event will be held on Tuesday, March 3, at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC.
Presenters will include:  the Hon. Michael Jeffery (ret.), Judge, Superior Court, Barrow, Alaska, Frances Gordon, Crown Counsel, Vancouver, B.C. Youth Court and the Hon. Clifford Toth,
Judge, Mental Health Court, Provincial Court, Regina, Saskatchewan

This session will bring together those engaged in these practices, and, also, those who are interested in learning more. This session will facilitate a space for justice professionals and community workers to share ideas while also discussing a path forward on the difficult issues surrounding justice for those with FASD.  This session welcomes presentations from those who have been researching, practicing and engaged in FASD and justice efforts. If you’d like to attend and, also, if you’d like to talk about the work you are doing on FASD and the law, please include, in your email to Kay, a brief description of the topic on which you would like to give a 10-minute presentation.  Please let us know by Dec. 15th, 2014 if you are interested in attending and, also, if you are interested in presenting by emailing Kay Kelly at faslaw@uw.edu with your name, job title, work address and telephone number.

Session Organizers:
Fia Jampolsky, Attorney, Whitehorse, YT, Canada
Kathryn Kelly, Project Director, FASD Legal Issues Resource Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Dr. Michelle Stewart, Department of Justice Studies, University of Regina; Strategic Lead Justice Interventions, Canada FASD Research Network, Regina, SK, Canada

For further details please click HERE.