In 2015, the FASD Network began collecting stories from people whose lives have been affected by FASD. Now, we have published the completed project, a book titled "FASD Unexpected Journeys." It is our hope that this book will help show the world the truth about FASD. It is with the purpose of ending the stigma and misconceptions that this book was created. Chronicled within this collection are the stories of the challenges that have been overcome, the successes gained after countless struggles, and the accomplishments that were deemed impossible. It is a testament to the true ability and nature of the people among us who live with FASD.
We will be giving the first copy to each individual/organization free-of-charge with a cost-recovery shipping fee. Additional copies can be ordered for $25.00. Please contact the Network to order your copy:
(306) 975 - 0896
To order any of the listed resources please contact the Network:
1-866-673-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – Public Health Agency of Canada
Canada Northwest FASD Research Network
Canadian Northwest FASD Partnership
Saskatchewan Prevention Institute
Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research (CFFAR)
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies Exec Summ MH Needs Assessment 2012 SK
Provincial Outreach Program for FASD
The Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Central Urban Metis Federation CUMFI Wellness Centre
Aboriginal Family Services
Wood, M. (2010) U of S Theses: Towards self-forgiveness and self-worth: journeys of birth mothers of children with FASD.
Schemenaur, C. (2011) Supports to Improve the Lives of Adults with FASD
Mitten, R. (2011) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Circles of Healing, Transformation and Reconciliation, Ke-ge-na-thee-tum-we-in
When someone has a cognitive disability, this means that her or his brain works differently. That person may struggle with things like learning, thinking, reasoning, problem solving, understanding information, making decisions or remembering. Because of prenatal exposure to alcohol, people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have a range of primary physical, cognitive, sensory and behavioural disabilities. This range of disabilities is different for everyone and creates a need for services and supports.
Without services and supports, individuals with FASD are at high risk for developing secondary disabilities like mental health problems, addictions, trouble with the law, education and employment problems, isolation, poverty and homelessness.
Community members with FASD and other cognitive disabilities are vulnerable and almost always have a variety of unmet needs. When the unmet needs are addressed through services and supports, individuals of all ages have a greater chance to live safe, healthy and successful lives. The Cognitive Disabilities Strategy can help Saskatchewan families living with FASD.
The CDS is a provincial plan offered through each health region. It is for citizens with cognitive disabilities. Each region has a Cognitive Disabilities Consultant or a main contact. The CDS consultant can help individuals and families identify needs, develop plans, set goals, seek out other services, answer questions and access the strategy.
The CDS has four main goals:
Every person with FASD is unique and will have different strengths and struggles. The CDS is an individualized program so it might look different for each person. Two important things for you to know:
1. The CDS is for children, youth and adults in Saskatchewan.
2. A diagnosis is not needed to be eligible for CDS services.
Individuals and families have used CDS benefits to gain services like daily mentoring support, respite care providers, aides for parent support, tutors, specialized therapeutic interventions like art therapy or counseling or for support with assessment and diagnostic services.
Call the Network for more information about the Cognitive Disabilities Strategy.