Looking After Each Other Vitual Gathering Sept. 30th Draw Winners

Congratulations to the following Virtual Gathering attendees who will all receive a $50 Mastercard gift card for joining us for our first virtual Gathering: Cindy Buher, Devra Buher, Jennifer Burns, Nelson James, Robert Jeffrey, Stefanie Narvey, Cari-Ann Nickels, Sherisse Picklyk Dear, Emma Rafferty. Congratulations to all of you!

Join us for our second virtual Gathering this Wednesday, October 21st from 1 – 3 p.m. Please see the events page of our website for registration information.

U of A researchers harness the power of artificial intelligence to help families living with neurodevelopmental disabilities

And you can help to make it helpful to Manitoba families!

A national group of researchers, community folks and family members are working to develop a  Chatbot to help individuals living with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families access trusted, reliable resources.  A Chatbot uses artificial intelligence to answer people’s questions and direct them to resources available on the Web.  Some of those resources will  provide information about in-person services and how to access them.

MB FASD Resource Map

These researchers are looking for information on Manitoba resources, and would be happy to hear about any online information and websites that should be included in the Chatbot or any online resources or organizations that members of the FASD community have found to be NOT helpful; such information will not be made public but the resource may not be included in the Chatbot.

If you’d like to share your knowledge please send an email to Susan.Heald@umr.umanitoba.ca

Program Spotlight!

Manitoba Key Worker program: Making a Difference in the Interlake-Eastern Region

Established in 2014, the Manitoba Key Worker program has provided individualized resources and support for children and youth with FASD or confirmed prenatal alcohol exposure in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority for almost 7 years!

The Manitoba Key Workers have provided home visits and one-on-one support for families around the Selkirk and surrounding areas successfully helping to increase knowledge of FASD, decrease levels of stress for families and aided families to develop the ability to better advocate for their child in a variety of settings.

Take a look at this great infographic on the Manitoba Key Worker program!


News Release – Manitoba

September 30, 2020

Huge News in Manitoba today!

A new, three-year pilot project will provide fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) assessments and diagnoses to young adults aged 18 to 25 who have come into contact with the law, with the goal of reducing future involvement with the justice system through better access to programs and supports, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced today.  

“Our government believes improved access to FASD assessments will provide better outcomes for participating young adults, the justice system and our communities,” said Cullen. “An FASD diagnosis can help connect people with more comprehensive supports and resources. This pilot addresses a gap in our approach to FASD as it stands today and ongoing evaluation of the project will help guide our next steps.” 

To read the full article CLICK HERE

International FASD Awareness Day 2020 was all about Honoring Dignity at Life’s Journey Inc.

We’re in the final stretch of FASD Awareness Month 2020. Enjoy a few more pieces from the amazing artists who submitted to Life’s Journey Inc.’s event! If you would like to contribute in any way to this project, take a look at the poster here for more information!