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Hamilton “Reach for It” program
Launch Date: Saturday October 20, 2018
Time: 12:00 to 3:00pm
Cost: $Free Lunch included
Address: Hamilton Indian Centre, 34 Ottawa St. N. Hamilton
For more info or to Register: Please contact Jessica Montana at (905) 548-9593 x246
Tentative plans include:
- 10-12 uniformed police officers coming out to be paired with a child
- Fire truck being set up in one parking lot with a team of fire fighters
- Service Dog (Sasha)
- Halloween dress up and photo booth station
- Halloween slime station for sensory play
- Halloween Obstacle course in the other parking lot
- Cupcake decorating station
- Decorating pumpkins
- We will have a button maker station
- And possibly a cultural craft such as a key chain with beads or paper plate and yarn dream catchers
- A parent support circle for all parents, gifts for each child along with certificates
- Medical Alert setting up a booth for kids to get their FASD medical alert bracelets. (if diagnosed)
Contact Brant – FASD
Lived Experience presentation
Date: Sep 25, 2018
Slides: Presentation Link
Sep 9th – International FASD Day
Since 1999, September 9th is recognized across the world to bring awareness to avoid any form of alcohol for the 9 months during pregnancy (and for both mother and fathers to abstain from any alcohol while planning a family).
To bring greater awareness, we encourage our members to print brochures and to visit any establishment selling or dispensing alcohol and to verify that Sandy’s Law posters are prominently displayed (meaning the sign is clearly visible and legible by anyone without having to search for the sign). If the establishment is not prominently displaying the signage, please…
- Print the FASD Sandy;s Law Brochure – Link SANDYS LAW brochure
- Ask to speak to the acting Manager or person in charge.
- Ask politely “Are you aware of Sandy’s Law and the requirement under the Liquor Licence Act to prominently post Sandy’s Law Signage”.
- Provide the individual a copy of the Sandy;s Law brochure
- Indicate “We are asking that establishments prominently post the Sandy’s Law signage in accordance with the Liquor Licence Act”
- Ask the Manager or person in charge for their name. Document their name, the establishment name, address and the date that you informed them of the Sandy’s Law requirement. If the individual is not cooperative OR if you visit the establishment and they have not prominently posted the signage – contact the AGCO to file a formal complaint at Link The AGCO will have an officer inspect the establishment, usually within 24-48 hours.
4th Annual FASD Awareness Conference
Summary: Keynote Speaker this year is Allan Mountford
Participants in this session will:
1. Gain a better understanding of the concept of FASD as a pervasive, invisible, brain-based disability;
2. Review/change our mindset in working with children with FASD in the community;
3. Learn how to apply a Neurobehavioural approach when working/living with children and youth with FASD
DATE AND TIME: Fri, 28 September 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT Add to Calendar
LOCATION: 2017 Ball Park Rd., Southwold, ON N0L 2G0
Map link: Link
LINK FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER: Link
Bill 44 – An Amendment to the Education Act to support FASD
Previously known as Bill 191. Briefly, the Bill (if passed) amends the Education Act to provide for board activities to promote awareness and understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), including best practices to support pupils who may have FASD. Note that the Bill will require everyone to contact their local MPP School Board, etc. requesting that they support the 2nd and 3rd reading (link for contact info below). Brief info on Bill 191 follows…
An Act to amend the Education Act in relation to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
320.1 (1) Every board shall promote awareness and understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), including best practices to support pupils who may have FASD.
(2) Every board shall facilitate collaboration with parents and FASD Support Groups in undertaking the promotion under subsection (1).
Link for more info on the Bill: Link
Link for contact Info for Ontario MPPs: Link
URGENT: We need to write to Minister Naidoo-Harris and copy the individuals as noted below (our sincere thanks to Rob More for the template letter and info that follows). Due to the fact the bill has passed first reading with unanimous assent and conversations are happening in the Ministry of Education, our biggest obstacle now is getting it on the docket for second and third reading. The scheduling of the docket is determined ultimately by House Leader, the Honourable Yasir Navqi in consultation with Opposition House Leader Jim Wilson and Third Party House Leader Gilles Bisson. We need to get louder now and make it clear we see this as an election issue. Please send it to the four following people as well. ALSO: Please send a copy your local MPP and ask him/her to request Minister Naidoo-Harris to support Bill 44:
MPP Sophie Kiwala – Private Member’s Bill – Motion and Debate: Province of Ontario officially recognize Sep 9 as FASD day – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY!!!
Date: Thursday Dec 14th @1:00 pm
On this day, the Bill to Recognize Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day in Ontario passed unanimously! Info on the proceedings and video follows.
Tuesday, December 12th Member Statement on my Private Member’s Bill concerning FASD and Education – Link to Hansard, under subsection “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder” and http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2017-12-12&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en Link to video: https://youtu.be/ahRU7tEBWOs
Wednesday, December 13th Member Statement on my Private Member’s Motion on FASD. Link to Hansard, under subsection “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder”. http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2017-12-14&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en Link to video: https://youtu.be/Oq_3gQdiUe4
Thursday, December 14th Debate on my Motion to Recognize Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day in Ontario – http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2017-12-12&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en Link to video: https://youtu.be/Oq_3gQdiUe4
Hamilton FASD Conference Nov 1st and 2nd – “Moving Forward”
FASD conference in Hamilton !!!
Date: Nov 1 & 2, 2017 9:00am- 4:30 pm
*** Link for Savanna’s slides FASD Nov 1 2017 Moving Forward Conference Savanna slides
Conference brief: The conference will be of interest to professionals working in the field of Social Service delivery, Criminal Justice, Education, Policing, Adult Developmental Services, Children’s Mental Health, Child Welfare, and Parents & Caregivers of individuals with FASD.
The keynote speakers are:
– Donna Deboldt (link for info)
– Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan (link for info)
– Savanna Pietrantonio (link for blog written by Savanna)
Location: The Grand Olympia (Barton & Fruitland Road) 660 Barton St. Stoney Creek ON
Location map: map
Link to register: Registration or contact Viola Galamini at (905) 525-4747 ext 223 for inquiries
FASD Networking Group
The Hamilton FASD Resource Team have launched a FASD networking group.
Future meeting: Tuesday September 26, 2017
Location: Ron Joyce Centre Rm 4-069 – 4th floor
Time: ****9:30-11:30 am ** Note: start time is 9:30 a.m.
Location map: map
RSVP Please: All are invited to attend. If you are interested in attending, please contact Vangi Ryan-Boose at email@example.com
The vision and mission statement for the networking group: The FASD networking group is an inclusive, open and welcoming group of community members who share a common concern about how FASD impacts individuals, families, and our community. Our purpose is to share, collaborate, and develop a mutual understanding of needs and consider solutions from a grass roots level.
International FASD Day Events:
Friday Sep 8 – Red Shoes Rock FASD day event at Hamilton City Hall
Location: City Hall Hamilton, (Forecourt) 71 Main St. W. Hamilton
Map link: Link
Venue: Ward One Councillor Aidan Johnson and Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan (Univ of Guelph) spoke along with several other speakers!
The Hamilton Spec Reporter Emma Reilly did a piece on FASD day. It was great to have the article for awareness, although there were a few errors in the article.
Link for article: https://www.thespec.com/living-story/7542850-shining-a-light-on-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder/
Sep 9 – “Red Shoes Rock” walk for FASD in London Ontario
The event was great!! We had approximately 60-70 attendees. As well, CTV News aired the event. Link of CTV News article follows: CTV News
Location: Westminister Family Centre 690 Osgoode Drive, London ON
The Halton and Hamilton FASD Parent & Caregiver Support Groups are pleased to announce ….
RJ Formanek, founder of the Facebook FASD online support group “Flying with Broken Wings” will be presenting …FASD – “It’s Complicated.”
Saturday, 27 May 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Summary: Rarely have truer words been spoken, yet they fail to convey the real difficulties in talking about, and helping others understand the complex world of FASD. From the stigma that some feel, to the ethical restrictions of professionals, and dealing with all sides of this issue it really is complicated.
As a person living on the spectrum, R.J. Formanek looks to find common ground, where a core understanding of these complexities can lead to simpler conversations for all of us.
A later life diagnosis of FASD gave RJ Formanek a lifelong base of strategies when it came to thinking about FASD , and those who live with it. Combined with his own experience is the educational background that has allowed him to speak to many aspects of life with FASD, and be able to share these strategies while searching for holistic answers that address the needs of all who are impacted by FASD.