FASD Provincial Roundtable Report

An initial Report from Parliamentary Assistant Granville Anderson to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, in the province’s quest for a provincial FASD strategy.

Ontario to follow other provinces, create FASD strategy

Advocates for individuals living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder say they are delighted that Ontario is following the example of other Canadian provinces by moving toward the creation of a strategy to address the condition.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne published a letter on Sept. 25 to Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Child and Youth Services, outlining the government’s mandate for that ministry. It was part of a larger effort to increase transparency about the expectations that she has for each minister.

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Federal government invests in autism, cerebral palsy and FASD research

Vancouver-based NeuroDevNet will focus on improving the quality of life of Canadian children affected by neurodevelopmental disorders

January 13, 2015 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Industry Canada

Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, on behalf of his colleague, the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced the renewal of funding for NeuroDevNet. This Vancouver-based national network will receive an additional $19.6 million to support collaborative research aimed at developing a new understanding of, and treatments for, children affected by neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically autism, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

As one in six children is affected by a neurodevelopmental disorder, there is a need to expand diagnostic capabilities and introduce new therapeutic options. NeuroDevNet researchers and partners will investigate the genetic and environmental causes of these disorders and improve our understanding of children’s brain development. This multi-partner research collaboration will provide health care professionals and caregivers with the information they need to support affected children and their families.

Today’s investment is the result of the most recent competition in the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. In addition to NeuroDevNet being renewed for a second five-year term, the competition resulted in four new networks receiving funding.

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Virtual Learning Opportunities

We have compiled and organized accessible virtual learning opportunities across multiple areas of practice including:

  • Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) & Positive Behavioural Support (PBS)
  • ADHD & Disruptive Disorders
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Primary Care for Adults With Disabilities: The Canadian Consensus Guidelines & Toolkit


2-3 people in 100 have a developmental disability, yet many health care providers have had limited training and experience in providing for the often complex and unique health needs of this segment of our population.   Many people with developmental disabilities have limitations in their ability to communicate.  Change in behaviour may be an indication of underlying stress and distress. Behaviour challenges can be a result of numerous factors, including medical, psychiatric and environmental. Continue reading