FASD Awareness Day, September 9!

Every year on September 9th, International FASD Awareness Day is observed.  People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  The first FASD Day was celebrated on 9/9/99, so every year on the ninth day of the ninth month, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.  Anytime is a good time to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). 

EVENTS IN TEXAS

Free Trainings Across Texas

Date: September 9, 2014
There will be 5 trainings offered in 5 Texas cities on 9/9/14 in recognition of FASD Awareness Day.
Texas Infant Mental Health Association (TAIMH)
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Where and When are the Trainings?

  • Austin, TX: Presented by Janie McMahan and Carole Hurley
    • Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
      Address: Health and Human Services Commission Building, 909 W 45th Street, Room 164, Austin, TX 78751
  • Dallas, TX: Presented by Natalie Baerwaldt
    • Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      Address: KERA, 3000 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75201
  • Fort Worth, TX: Presented by Denise Del Carmen and Suzy Armstrong
    • Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
      Address: Tarrant County Health Department, 1101 S Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104
  • Houston, TX: Presented by Janie Wilson, Mercedes Alejandro and Nick Alejandro
    • Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 pm
      Address: United Way of Greater Houston , 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77007
  • San Antonio, TX: Presented by Sue Hancock
    • Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
      Address: Boys Town, 503 Urban Loop, San Antonio, TX 78204
  • Living with FASD – Workshop
    • Date: September 9, 2014
      Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
      Title: Nearly Normal Brain Development Can Occur in Adults with FASD?
      Host: Living with FASD 2014 Summit
      Register Now!
    • Speaker, Edward P. Riley Ph.D. will review the research in the field of FASD, which has advanced on all fronts, with the singular exception of life long outcomes in adults with this condition.  The central premise of this presentation is that nearly normal brain development can occur in adults who have been prenatally exposed (FASD) and there is a lot of room for hope!
  • FASDay Awareness Celebration- Baby First!
    • Date/Time: September 9, 2014. 9:00 AM
      Location: San Antonio, TX
      Host: Alpha Home, Inc
    • Family First, a Pregnant and Postpartum Intervention program is hosting a “Baby First” FASDay Celebration. We are presenting short “PSA” commercials for clients served in our residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment facility and for pregnant women participating in our Baby First FASD education program.  All clients, volunteers, and staff who enter the facility on September 9, 2014 will receive an FASD button, and pamphlet with information on FASD and “goodies.” Alpha Home will host a special FASD luncheon for Baby First participants. The building will be decorated in blue and white with an FASD “station” open from 9am until 5pm.
      *Not open to the public.

FASD AWARENESS DAY WEBINARS!

FASD and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders
Time:  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CDT

        • Join us for a free lunch-time webinar to explore the implications of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  This webinar is sponsored by the Wisconsin FASD Treatment Outreach Project. Space is limited! Register Now!

      Awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Making the Connections! / Sensibilisation à l’ensemble des troubles causés par l’alcoolisation foetale (ETCAF): Relier les points!
      Time:  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
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      • This webinar will provide an overview about the connections and progress of collaborative efforts from three compelling perspectives of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), including what’s crucial to know about living with FASD and mental health issues; the important role of front line health providers in prevention; and exciting new research about the differences and similarities between the brains of children and youth with FASD, autism and cerebral palsy. The webinar will be led by Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W., Dr. Jennifer Blake, M.D., MSC, FRCSC and Dr. Daniel Goldowitz, Ph.D.

      Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #58
      Time:  3:00 PM - 4030 PM EDT
      Click to learn more about this webinar

      • This Webinar will provide an overview of SAMHSA's new landmark publication Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, #58 in the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series. This session will provide an overview of the TIP series and the TIP development process; the specific content of TIP 58 (including the 'basics' of FASD); and guidance on how to utilize the TIP as a staff development tool in various settings. The webinar will be led by Sterling K. Clarren, M.D., FAAP, Co-Chair of TIP 58 and the Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W., Content Specialist for the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence.

OTHER FREE NATIONAL EVENTS

ALABAMA

Education Event at the University of Montevallo
September 9, 2014. 10:00 AM. Montevallo, Alabama
Organized by NOFAS Alabama. The Governor of Alabama (Dr. Robert Bentley) signed the Proclamation for the State of Alabama.  This event will present FASD education through a PowerPoint at the University of Montevallo on the impact of alcohol use during pregnancy. The event will display the Proclamation on the 9th day of the 9th month and provide candy and gifts with the 049 message. Resources and opportunities for Internships with NOFAS Alabama will also be provided to the students.

CALIFORNIA

Beginnings of San Luis Obispo County: 2014 National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day
September 9, 2014. 9:00 AM.
- Flag Display on San Luis Obispo County Courthouse Lawn September 8-12, 2014
- Proclamation at San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on September 9, 2014
- Media Campaign in San Luis Obispo County

GEORGIA

Bell Ringing – “Minute of Reflection”
September 9, 2014. Atlanta, GA
From: FASD Southeast RTC. With the Proclamation signing of FASD Awareness Day by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, along with a photo supporting this Proclamation, bell ringing and a “Minute of Reflection” on September 9th, has been requested throughout the state of Georgia to represent the 9 months of alcohol free pregnancy and to remember families impacted by FASDs.

MINNESOTA

MOFAS Book Club
September 9, 2014.
September is FASD Awareness Month.  Join the MOFAS Book Club and read, “Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.”  Help bring awareness to long lasting health issues resulting from the rise in risk drinking among women.  Join in the discussion on how the prominent and stylish presence of alcohol has impacted our society.  First 150 women in MN to register will get a FREE copy of the book. A live chat with author Ann Dowsett Johnson will be held in early October; date TBD.

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina: Knowledge! Prevention! Intervention!
September 9, 2014. 9:00 AM. Charlotte, NC, Marshall Park
This informal event will better educate our community on the impact of alcohol use during pregnancy and the subsequent impact that it can have on families, and those diagnosed with FASD.  Organized by: NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program, The FASD Collaborative of NC, and the Mecklenburg Co. FASD Committee.

OHIO

Triumph Through the Challenges of FASD training
September 9, 2014. 6:00 PM. Rivertree Christian Church, 2201 Lake Center Str. NW, Uniontown, Ohio

This is a free training available to anyone raising or interacting with children diagnosed or suspected of FASD. It is a 4-part training that runs September 9th, 11th, 16th and 18th.  To register, please call Fran and 330-455-6644.

PENNSYLVANIA

Know Your ABC’s
September 9, 2014. 9:00 AM. Allentown, PA.
From Center for Humanistic Change: Know Your ABC’s; Alcohol Babies & Consequences Learn the impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders on learning and life’s challenges. Acquire tools to develop successful educational and behavioral interventions, accommodations, and supports. Comprehend the impact of alcohol during pregnancy. This event is made possible by funding from PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Lehigh County Office of Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Northampton County Drug & Alcohol Additional information and registration on website; www.thechc.org. Lehigh Valley – Days Hotel 3400 Airport Road, Allentown Pa

TENNESSEE

Tennessee State Proclamation
September 9, 2014.
International FASD Awareness Day Proclamation by Governor of the State of Tennessee, Bill Haslam

CANADA

Living With FASD 2014 Annual Web Based Summit
September 9, 2014.10:00 AM. Victoria, BC, Canada
Second annual web based event in which interviews with 24 experts on FASD are aired 2/day for 12 days. This year the title of the event is “FASD: Building a Bridge to Adulthood”. The theme of transition was chosen because so many of those with FASD and their families struggle with this period in life. For details on speaker topics, bios etc please check to program schedule on the bottom of the home page www.LivingWithFASD.com

Visit the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) site for a complete list of 9/9 events.