by Robert More
A major step has been taken in the campsign to inform the public about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder [FASD], and to provide support to those dealing with the disease across the province. On Friday, March 29, Health Nexus launched the Ontario FASD website for public usage. This interactive and current site is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and is one of the seven initiatives for FASD.
This bilingual site, with Indigenous resources, has been vetted by three advisory committees of experts, care-givers and Indigenous people. It consists of the most current and evidence-based research, news and events, and continues to be facilitated by Health Nexus. Health Nexus is encouraging all FASD groups, service providers and organizations to post their materials and locations on this website.
It also contains a search engine for all local groups and services based on postal code, a moderated discussion forum to ask questions, as well as a place service providers can share best practices. It provides a place to post all training sessions and events groups are doing, and all posted research on FASD topics.
It is their great hope that this site will serve as the communication hub for the province, and is linked directly with the Ontario government. If you are aware of a training session, event, or news, please contact them at: www.fasdinfotsaf.ca/en/news.
If you represent a small group wanting to promote what you are doing, please use this site as your website administrator and refer people to this site. If you represent a care-giver group, or would like to start one, please contact them as well. They can also put you in touch with the right person.
This website represents a huge step forward in the FASD world in Ontario and can serve as a wonderful advocacy tool. Please feel free to direct anyone working with you to this site. www.fasdinfotsaf.ca/en.