Brain Fair key element of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day

The FASD Key Worker and the Comox Valley FASD Community Network will observe Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day on Sept. 18.

The FASD Key Worker and the Comox Valley FASD Community Network will observe Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day on Sept. 18.

The groups will organize a Community Brain Fair at Simms Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It hopes to bring together community organizations that provide support, recreation, education and services to individuals and families affected by FASD as well as promote healthy living and healthy brain development to the

community as a whole.

“We recognize the need for a family friendly resource fair where parents/care givers have easy access to information about local organizations and services and also offer entertainment for the children. We would like to have a balance of information booths and interactive activities,” the groups say.

If your business or organization would like to hold demonstrations of the types of activities you offer, it would be a great  opportunity for you to promote the services/products/resources you provide. Reading, art, music, dance, yoga, helmet safety and healthy eating are all important factors of promoting healthy living and brain

development. Organizers want a broad range of services represented to illustrate the different ways to support healthy living and development.

FASD is an umbrella term describing the range of harms caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. These may include physical, mental, behavioural, and/or learning disabilities. The effects are life-long. There is great variability in the characteristics of those affected depending on such factors as the amount and timing of the exposure of alcohol. Effects are often invisible, which leave individuals affected more vulnerable and misunderstood.

While there are no precise statistics on the rates of FASD in Canada, it is estimated that nine in every 1,000 babies are born with FASD yearly and many more are living with it that go

undiagnosed. FASD affects individuals from every community, every culture, every race and every socio-economic status. There is no known safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

If you are interested in partnering in this initiative, please tell organizers what role you are willing to play.

Contact Allison Abraham at 250-338-7793, ext. 224 or allison@wachiay.com.

— Wachiay Friendship Centre

Just Posted

Christmas comes early for residents of Cumberland Lodge

It’s Christmas in September at Cumberland Lodge. The Rotary Club of Cumberland… Continue reading

School for students on Hornby Island ‘normal as can be’: portables expected in new year

While it’s not an ideal situation, the return to school for students… Continue reading

Big Beach Cleanup builds awareness of ocean debris impacts

First two cleanup days brought in 40 cubic yards of plastic and styrofoam

Rain and high winds to hit Vancouver Island this afternoon

Thursday and Friday to see downpour of 20 to 50mm and high winds on Vancouver Island

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

First Nations block roads to stop the moose hunt in B.C.’s Interior

Chief Joe Alphonse confirmed Thursday they’ve deactivated the Raven Lake Road and the Mackin Creek Road just before the Island Lake turnoff

‘Like an Alfred Hitchcock movie’: Birds fall dead from the sky in B.C. city

Raptor expert says he’s never seen it happen anywhere in the Lower Mainland

Canada signs global pact to help rid world’s oceans of abandoned fishing gear

The federal Fisheries Minister says it’s a ‘critical issue’

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants ‘fairness’

Kavanaugh has denied al allegations of sexual misconduct

Stephanie McGowan running for a seat on Comox council

Stephanie McGowan is running for election as a Comox councillor. “Comox is… Continue reading

Tent city campers now allowed to stay in B.C. provincial park

Contrary to earlier reports, Ministry of Environment says there is no deadline for campers to leave Greater Victoria camp site

Former VP of Lululemon joins B.C. cannabis cultivation facility

Kerry Biggs will be the chief financial officer of True Leaf, in Lumby

Could cannabis help keep people in B.C. on treatment for opioid addiction?

People on opioid agonist treatment face lower risks of overdosing, BC Centre on Substance Use says

Most Read