The South Parkland FASD Collaborative is bringing literary awareness to their community

The South Parkland FASD Collaborative has donated books about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) to the Parkland Regional Library and to 25 elementary schools in the region.  This donation is part of their 2020 International FASD Awareness Day activity.

The Parkland Regional Library was a recipient of a variety of books for children, adolescents, and adults.  The schools each received one children’s book to add to their school library.  The hope is that these books will be a resource for those affected by or have an interest in FASD as well as open dialogue and stimulate thinking about the disability in the community at large.  In order to make progress on preventing and addressing a challenge like FASD, communities at large need to recognize that when FASD affects one person in our region, it affects us all.  The impacts of FASD matter to our whole community, and we need to work together to find solutions.

People with FASD may have an “invisible disability” that can include difficulties with memory and cognition, organization, and sensory overload.  However, the brain is always growing and changing, and innovative programs and strategies can help people with FASD manage their challenges with excellent results.  For example, when young children with FASD are coached in cognitive skills like self-regulation and memory, and trained in coping with a variety of sensory experiences, their behavior can improve tremendously over time.  These books can provide support and ideas on how to better support people with FASD.

Way to go, South Parkland!!

Missed the Virtual Gatherings? Recordings are now available!

In case you missed it, all of the three Looking After Each Other Virtual Gathering sessions are now up for your viewing pleasure! Head over to our Looking After Each Other page and scroll down to see all of the amazing teachings that were shared.

Looking After Each Other Virtual Gathering October. 21st Draw Winners!

Congratulations to the following Virtual Gathering attendees who will all receive a $50 Mastercard gift card for joining us for our second virtual Gathering: Kristy Magnuson, Gordon Funk, Diane Thiessen, Sharon McGuire, Cintia Damasceno, Les Sabiston, Mel Anonuevo, Cari-Ann Nickels, Emma Rafferty. Congratulations to all of you!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Virtual Gathering sessions! Recordings of the series are located on the Looking After Each Other page at

10 Things Your Child with FASD wants You to Know

The FASD Family Support, Education and Counselling program at New Directions in partnership with the Attachment Network of Manitoba have developed the following 10 Things Your Child with FASD want you to know resource. It is so important that the voice of our children is heard and that we are listening.

TAKE A LOOK HERE at the full pamphlet.

Are you a parent of a child or youth with a disability?

The Manitoba Advocate, Daphne Penrose, is inviting parents and guardians of children and youth with disabilities to participate in a new survey. Responses will be collected online until November 8 and will be used to inform policy recommendations made to government in the year ahead.  Since her mandate legally expanded to disability services in 2018, Penrose has heard several stories from families who are unsatisfied with both the quantity and quality of disability services available in Manitoba.

“For many children with disabilities, their parents and caregivers are their most active and vocal advocates and many have tried relentlessly and with much creativity to pull in services that will meet their child’s needs,” Penrose said. “I’m inviting all parents and caregivers to share their stories with me about what is working well and what must be changed so we can see systems improve and all children supported and flourishing.”

Our website also has additional information about the survey and our upcoming report:

Please feel free to share this information widely. I’ve attached a poster to this email that can be shared with parents via email and on your social media accounts. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and follow us on social media for updates:

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