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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.
Collaboration –
(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:

Link for template letter Link
Info on “Imagine if Bill 191 is passed”  Imagine if Bill 191 is passed

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  Link to video:

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”.  Link to video:

Thursday, December 14th  Debate on my Motion to Recognize Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day in Ontario –  Link to video:


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)
Cost:  $150
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

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:

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.