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FASD Ontario-New Website is LIVE!

It's FASD Awareness month!
We are excited to announce that our new and improved FASD website is now live!

You will notice that our website has changed a lot since the last time you checked in. Earlier this year we asked for your feedback and thanks to all of your responses we were able to completely revamp the FASD Ontario website. 

Key features of the new FASD Ontario website include:

  • Enhanced design – The website is now more modern and dynamic, while still being accessible.
  • Improved navigation – We completely reorganized the FASD Ontario website to make the information easier to find and offer a better user experience.
  • Upgraded search functionality – The search bar located in the What's Happening, Learn More and Get Help sections of the website allows you to search for events, news, resources, services, training... all at the same time!

Check out the new website, by clicking here!

Leah Bowman at 10:21 AM
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Foundations in FASD-FREE Online Training

Foundations in FASD is a basic training course intended for everyone that will come into contact with individuals with FASD including all sectors of work, families, individuals with FASD, spouses, and the general public. This foundational level training program provides the perspective of individuals who have FASD, is evidence-based, employs a culturally sensitive approach, and is presented in a way that is responsive to the learners needs. This online basic training course will take on average two hours to complete.


Level 1 training will provide knowledge and understanding of:

an overview of FASD assessment and diagnosis in Canada
an introduction to FASD interventions and promising approaches
the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the fetus
the impact of alcohol on brain development
issues related to stigma and FASD
strategies for prevention and support
barriers to prevention and support
the signs and symptoms of FASD across the lifespan


A certificate will be provided to each participant upon completion.
Register here.

Leah Bowman at 11:36 AM
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Cambridge Youth Soccer ACES Program

All abilities CElebrated Soccer is a program designed for participants between the ages of 5 - 15 & 16 – 24 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities who are interested in learning more about the FUNdamentals of physical literacy and soccer.


Sundays October 27—December 15, 9:30am—10:25am


CYS Indoor Facility, 745 Fountain Street, Cambridge. CYS jersey provided.


For more information contact Jon Morgan at 519 277-0325 or [email protected].


Waterloo Region Family Network at 11:52 AM
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Waterloo Region FASD Action Group- Caregiver Support Group

The Waterloo Region FASD Action Group is pleased to announce the launch of a new Parent/Caregiver FASD Support Group that is being offered by Lutherwood.


Parents and caregivers of children with FASD often experience some degree of social isolation caused by a lack of understanding of their child’s disability from family, educators, health, and social service providers. The goal of the Parent/Caregiver FASD Support Group is to provide a forum for parents and caregivers to support and learn from one another, to share knowledge, and to build skills in order to improve outcomes for children with FASD and their families.


The Parent/Caregiver FASD Support Group will be co-facilitated by actual parents and caregivers in order to draw upon their own experiences and expertise while discussing a wide-range of topics that are relevant to rearing a child with an FASD. Monthly sessions will be offered from September through March, each lasting 2 hours in duration with dinner provided.


Click here for a list of dates and topics. 


To register contact 519-749-2932 ext.3336 or [email protected].

Waterloo Region Family Network at 5:49 PM
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Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice Update - August 2019

Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice has shared an August update


In this issue you will find information about: 

  • Parent/caregiver Support Group
  • Free online training - Practical Strategies for the School Environment
  • "FASD & Education" workshop
  • All About Me - Getting Ready for September
  • Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders 
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder- Considerations for Justice Involved Individuals
Waterloo Region Family Network at 5:42 PM
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