“The American Academy of Nursing is calling to end criminal prosecution and punitive civil charges against mothers and pregnant women solely based on illegal drug use and instead promoting a public health response. The academy released its opinion in a policy brief with recommendations for addressing mothers with substance use disorder at the federal, state, and provider level – prioritizing … Read More
A bill requiring the posting of warning signs in establishments that sell alcoholic beverages has been signed into law in Arkansas. After 10 years of trying, NOFAS affiliate Arkansas None for Nine is excited to celebrate this news. Arkansas None for Nine thanks Rep. Deborah Ferguson for her work on this bill and thanks to Ray Hanley with the Arkansas … Read More
“Myles Himmelreich, who lives with FASD, says many people don’t understand the daily struggles for people living with FASD. “In school, it was: I was lazy. I wasn’t trying. I didn’t care. And then I would get detention — when in actuality what was happening was, I maybe was struggling with the sensory issues: it was too bright. It was … Read More
April 15, 2019. 1:00pm ET “Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) is working to assess intended and unintended effects of state-level policies targeting alcohol use during pregnancy and whether effects vary by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status (SES).” To register for this webinar, click HERE!
NOFAS joins the CDC, ACOG, and the University of Alaska at the 8th International Conference on FASD Research, Results and Relevance: “Integrating Research, Policy and Promising Practice Around the World.” Together, they discussed how to educate healthcare providers about FASD, in their 90 minute session: “Increasing Healthcare Providers’ Knowledge in the Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies and Identification and Care of … Read More
A local Boston TV news station profiles Enid Watson, Massachusetts FASD State Coordinator. The segment also features Sasha, a young man with FASD, and his mom. Sasha is engaging in public speaking in Massachusetts. The segment features a legislative bill to adopt the federal definition of developmental disabilities for adults, which is being advocated for by massFAS. For more information, … Read More
“Early identification of developmental disorders, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), is critical to the well-being of children and their families. Screening for PAE is an essential function of the primary care medical home and the responsibility of pediatric clinicians”. Read More.
So proud to see Representative Ruth Richardson leading the charge on this! Hopefully NC and other states can pursue this as well. “People with FASD in desperate need of state services can be left out “because their brain injury occurred before they were born,” Rep. Ruth Richardson said. She sponsors HF929, which would allow some people FASD to qualify for … Read More
“Foster dad Peter Wilcox says, “The system would like to deny that people with FASD exist because they’re seen as a huge cost burden. What we’re not taking into account is the cost on society… Before government nail down the numbers, there’s something more pressing to be done – change the disability criteria so people with FASD, like any other disability, … Read More
“After adopting four children with FASD, entrepreneur Naomi Johnson is making her penchant for knitting a business with an important message for expectant mothers. Naomi’s Neenee Kaboo Baby and Youth Products is marketing a line of unique dolls for babies, toddlers and older children while highlighting the fact that drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy can negatively affect the … Read More