Fifth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder:
It’s a Matter of Justice
April 18-21, 2012
This conference will provide a forum to share research, experience and practice in order to discuss how we can effectively sustain and enhance the lives of adolescents and adults with FASD, their families, service providers, and communities. Are we adequately addressing and supporting the needs and rights of adolescents and adults with FASD within our society? Do individuals with FASD have timely and appropriate access to health care, housing, social services, legal and civil justice and employment? How can we build on the strengths of existing systems to identify and address barriers and move forward to provide effective ethical support? How do we provide focused and targeted approaches across services, and systems to create an integrated and collaborative approach to supporting individuals with FASD? These are the essential elements for social justice and we are just starting to explore and understand what will be required to put these into action.
- To expand our understanding of FASD as it presents in adolescence and adulthood
- To explore FASD within the context of the intersection of multiple systems (education & vocational training, civil and criminal justice, disability services, child and youth welfare, and other health and human services)
- To discuss new findings and innovative programs, projects, and practices that are making a difference as well as evidence from scientific, clinical, and community researchers in the field
- To discuss ethical issues about service delivery and support for individuals with FASD
- To network, interact and engage in discussion with others in the field and to hear from individuals most directly affected by FASD
Who Should Attend:
This conference will be essential for those living or working with adults with FASD. It will also be of critical interest for those supporting adolescents with FASD and planning for their futures. It will be of particular interest to the following professionals/individuals:
Administrators/managers, alcohol & drug workers, corrections workers, counselors, dentists, educators/administrators, elected officials/hereditary officials, employment services, financial planners, First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, government ministries, housing officials/providers, immediate and extended family, individuals with FASD, judges, lawyers, members of faith communities, mental health specialists, nurses, occupational therapists, peers, physicians, police officers, policymakers, private/public funders, program providers, psychologists, researchers, social service providers, social workers, speech language pathologists, spouses/partners, vocational rehab service providers and other interested professionals/individuals.