What is the FASD Collaboration Roundtable?

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What is the FASD Collaboration Roundtable?

Roundtable LogoFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term used to describe the range of effects caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Typical effects of alcohol exposure in utero may include physical, mental, social-emotional and behavioural concerns, with lifelong implications for the individual. Because of variable patterns of disabilities and strengths, as well as their particular life circumstances, each person with FASD has highly unique needs. No single program can respond to the full range of issues, and a fragmented overall response system is inevitably ineffective.
The FASD Collaboration Roundtable – as the name suggests – is a way of bringing together people from across systems to network, share information, discuss issues and problem-solve effective responses, then try to entrench that in policy and practice. The goal is to involve all of the key systems and agencies that deliver services to children, youth and adults with FASD in the greater community. In addition, the Roundtable welcomes the voices of parents, grandparents, other caregivers of individuals with FASD, as well as other advocates, for the experience-based perspectives these stakeholders bring to the discussion.

What can I expect from the Annual FASD Fall Conference at Douglas College?

Each year the FASD Collaboration Roundtable's organizing committee provides an opportunity for learning and networking around FASD through the Annual FASD Fall Conference.  The conference theme varies from year to year, but always focuses on a topic pertinent to FASD.  Learning takes place through a variety of forums, including lecture, panel discussions, performances, information tables and group discussions. Participants learn about emerging knowledge of FASD and relevant concerns, as well as practical implications for support. All participants have an opportunity to learn about resources and supports available in the community, with an emphasis on networking and liaising with professionals and families.

Community FASD Awareness Forums

On September 9, 2014, the Roundtable hosted it's first quarterly Community FASD Awareness Forum!  Join us to hear about local resources supporting individuals with FASD.  Click here for the next Forums and other upcoming events.