FASD, Stigma and the “Immediate Jump”
A recent event held at the University of Regina brought together families, people with FASD, frontline workers, policy makers and researchers to discuss Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This event focused on creating a space for collaboration in the area of research with a focus on the perspectives of those with FASD and their families. The event included discussions in four key areas including: (1) aging, (2) FASD as a whole body disorder, (3) effective supports and services and (4) advocating for effective community supports and services.
The President of the University of Regina, Dr. Vianne Timmons, spoke about her own experiences assisting her daughter, Kelly, who lives with FASD. Vianne struck a chord with the audience as she shared her story. She then took her message to the media, a message about the challenges of growing up with the disability and the ways in which stigma impacts the lives of families and those…
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