Dr. Michelle Stewart interviews Dorothy Reid, Co Chair of the Family Advisory Committee to the Canadian FASD Research Network and Dr. Jonathan Down, pediatrician and adjunct associate professor at the University of Victoria.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
||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 email@example.com.
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TO THE HONOURABLE THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE: The disability Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is not recognised by the federal government as a disability. This creates difficulties for families living with FASD with state and federal services
Anne Russell of the Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (Accessed on December 14th)
Commentary by Shauna Makie
Anne Russell of the Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association in Australia has started a petition for the Speaker and Members of the Senate to recognize FASD as a federally recognized disability. Russell approaches the dilemma by having readers recognize the challenges that often go unseen for those individuals living with FASD. “Their days are spent trying to make sense of what is happening to them, rather than learning from their experiences” Russell declares, and that their cognitive disability goes masked by other social systems such as the welfare, employment, mental health, drug and alcohol, prison, and disability services as a result of their undiagnosed disability. Although some organizations do recognize FASD as a considerable cognitive disability that qualifies for certain programming, the Federal Government does not include it as a disability.
In Canada, particularly in Saskatchewan, FASD is recognized as a disability. However, the ambiguity of FASD as a disability is found in the process of diagnosis—or lack there of. Saskatchewan, and other provinces often suffer both financially and resourcefully in allocating services to attain an FASD diagnosis in order to qualify for appropriate programming. As Russell identified, without the government investing directly into understanding and diagnosing FASD, these individuals are placed in insufficient programs that lead to further suffering elongating the forging of secondary disabilities.
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