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NOFASD Australia is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Health.

The Essential Bridge

linking those with lived experience with researchers and clinicians.

Opening doors into FASD awareness.

Alcohol & Pregnancy

What is FASD?
What is a safe amount to drink?
and Related Resources

Parents, Carers & Families

Characteristics, Behaviours, Diagnosis, Management and Support

Service Providers

Health, Community Services, Education, Criminal Justice and the National FASD Action Plan

Education & Training

Parents & Carers, Service Providers, School Communities, Webinars & Online Courses

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the term used to describe the lifelong physical and/or neurodevelopmental impairments that can result from fetal alcohol exposure. FASD is a condition that is an outcome of parents either not being aware of the dangers of alcohol use when pregnant or planning a pregnancy, or not being supported to stay healthy and strong during pregnancy.

Speak with someone 🙂

Do you have questions about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? Would you like to speak to someone confidentially?

Australian Foundations in FASD Online Course

NOFASD with the permission of and in partnership with CanFASD, have now launched the Australian Foundations in FASD online course. This course is an evidence-based, interactive online learning resource, consisting of 7 individual modules. The modules take around 20 minutes each and upon course completion, a downloadable certificate of completion is produced.

Who should complete the Australian Foundations in FASD course?

This course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about FASD.
For service providers and government agencies, this course will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the challenges your clients and their families experience and how you can provide FASD-informed supports.

For parents, carers and adults with FASD, this course sets a benchmark that you can expect as a minimum from the service providers you engage with. If you are working with a new service provider, ask them to show you their Foundations in FASD course completion certificate. This way you will know they have some understanding of the complexities of FASD.

NOFASD acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, water and community. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Supporting the cause!

Amazing organisations and people continue their support. Thank you to:

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NOFASD Blog

STRANGERS IN A STRANGE PLACE – MEMORY & FASD

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce.”  Thich Nhat Hanh I wrote this blog originally as the opening...

THE SENATE INQUIRY SERIES: SENATE INQUIRY FINDINGS

On 9 September 2019, International FASD Awareness Day, an inquiry was referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into effective...

THE SENATE INQUIRY SERIES: FASD & AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY

On 9 September 2019, International FASD Awareness Day, an inquiry was referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into effective...

THE SENATE INQUIRY SERIES: FASD IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

On 9 September 2019, International FASD Awareness Day, an inquiry was referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into effective...

Twitter

Children with FASD are overrepresented in children’s prisons.

Laws proposed by the NT Govt will put more children into the quicksand of the prison system, strip access to the NDIS & take children from their families & communities.

We stand with @AMSANT @NTCOSS & @DanilaDilba https://twitter.com/CroakeyNews/status/1389857996730142721

We love this post from @ChildMindInst

"Scaffolding" is the process of deliberately building-up and then gradually loosening parental support. It can encourage kids to climb higher, try new things and grow from mistakes, and to develop character and strength @ChildMindInst

The Department of Justice Canada examined restorative justice practices that are used with adults living with #FASD. The research was conducted in collaboration with five community-based programs in Canada.
https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/jr/efasd-etcaf/efasd.pdf

What can we, as parents, do to support a child with lagging cognitive skills?

There are endless opportunities for creative accommodations, based on how your unique child’s brain works and the specific environment in which they’re struggling.

https://www.eileendevine.com/single-post/the-challenge-of-learning-lapses-and-missing-memory

Last month for our 'Meet the Researcher' series, we spoke to Evi Muggli from the AQUA study - one of the world's largest long-term studies on alcohol in pregnancy, based at @MCRI_for_kids.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAY8P2L7OTA

Wollongong City Council is planning their first inclusive play space in North Wollongong that provides for young people and adults with disability.

https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/7145807/wollongong-to-get-first-inclusive-playground-for-people-with-disability/

Eileen Devine has released a new blog with ideas for accommodations that can assist children with FASD get 'unstuck from their perseveration'.

https://www.eileendevine.com/single-post/getting-unstuck-4-ways-to-help-your-child-break-the-perseveration-loop

BREAKING NEWS. More to come...

Thank you to everyone who took action in support of the community. https://twitter.com/smh/status/1387546667726028805

Have you checked out the Australian Foundations in FASD Online Course yet?
This course is suitable for anyone wanting to know more about #FASD and it is free!
Learn more at:
https://www.nofasd.org.au/parents-carers-and-families/ndis/

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