Monday, August 31, 2009

Anyone in Kentucky?

The Sycamore Project (Kentucky’s Prevention Enhancement Site for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) is sponsoring a series of FREE 3-day Trainings of Trainers. This training has consistently 'wowed' its participants from those new to the field to seasoned staff.

September 28 – 30, 2009 (9:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
Jefferson County Public Schools
900 Floyd Street Room 247
Louisville Kentucky 40203

RSVP to Jackie Engle (
jengle@sevencounties.org) or 502-439-4591.


Do you…

Work with anyone (or their families/care providers) currently (or may in the future) that are impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? Wonder about the leading known cause of mental retardation in the U.S.? Ever wonder what happens at the very beginning stages (the first few weeks!) of pregnancy where Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is present? What about later? What about in childhood, school, social interactions, adulthood? Ever wonder how FASD is diagnosed? Simply want to learn more about it and spread the word? Want to know what resources are available that can help? If you answered 'YES' to any of these - this training may be just for you!


Training objectives are:
· How alcohol affects a developing baby’s brain and body;
· FASD as a community issue;
· How to work differently with a child/adult affected by prenatal alcohol;
· Women and addictions;
· Prevention/intervention with pregnant women’
· FASD research, resources and networking (both state and national); and
· How to refer clients for FASD diagnosis.

A few items of note:
* Thanks to funding from the Kentucky Department of Substance Abuse, this training is FREE.
* Special thanks to the Jefferson County Public Schools for providing the training site.
* Free CEUS are approved for: EILA (18), CADC (18), Social Work (18), Nursing/HANDS (15.4), Psychology (18), and LMFT (18). Certificates are provided.
* Refreshments (morning and afternoon snack/drinks) provided.
* Lunch is 'on your own'.
* Participants will be equipped with the tools (manual, disks, PowerPoint, etc.) to share with others FREE of charge. While providing trainings after attendance is not required, we are hopeful that participants will share their knowledge with others (as this is a training of trainers) - so, the tools needed are provided.
* Attendance at all 3 days is required. If someone is late or has to leave early for a legitimate reason (approximately, no more than 1 hour on any one given day), such will be considered, but preference will be given to those who can attend the entire training.
* If you need information on hotel accommodations (on your own) or directions, please ask when you RSVP.
* FREE parking on site.
* Be prepared for wanting to 'conquer the world' after attending this intense, rewarding and motivational training!
* Spots are filling quickly - so please call or email as soon as possible to reserve your spot.
Of the 172 trainers who attended sessions during 2007 – 2008, 100% of participants reported that information from the training will be helpful to their job. Attendees have included: teachers, social workers, nurses, prevention center staff, treatment providers, mental health counselors, early childhood service providers, drug court coordinators, college / university staff, and psychologists.


Comments from Past Training Attendees:

"I’ve been in the substance abuse treatment field for over 20 years and I thought I knew everything, but this is brand new information."
"I feel passionate about this, and capable of presenting this information to all of my colleagues."
"I never knew how to answer questions about what alcohol actually does to a developing baby and how it affects people for the rest of their lives. I can talk for hours about it now!"
"Well worth three days. The best training I’ve ever been to."

Family blog

Blog from a Dad with a daughter with FAS:

Anyway, for those of you who’ve read this blog…The VERY few, I should say (your check is in the mail, btw)…You may have read my post about FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). It’s what’s at the root of all the behavior problems my daughter has.

Read the rest here.

OMG

Under current Australian guidelines, pregnant women are advised not to have more than seven standard drinks a week and no more than two standard drinks within two hours.

Read more here.

Prevention City Wide

A city on the move - seeing the link between crime and those with fetal alcohol.

Remember it is 100% preventable which could decrease the tax dollars spent on care for individuals, within the health care system, with the judicial system.


Real Story, Real Lives


The elder of the two boys is 9. He stands just 4 feet tall with tiny hands, curved fingers and a mind that cannot deal in abstract things such as time or money.


His half-brother, who is 7, has many of the same characteristics.

Both are battling Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, birth defects caused by their mother's use of alcohol while she was carrying them.

"I am trying to educate anybody who will listen," says Kim Carter, 51, a Corinth resident who, along with her husband, adopted the children two years ago from another state. "People have heard for years, 'don't drink and drive.' Well, I'm here to tell you, don't drink and have babies."
The state Department of Mental Health also is working to educate people about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy.

"There aren't any hard statistics available on the chances of a child being born with FASD," says Trisha Hinson, the department's FASD state coordinator. "But here's what I say: If you want to drink while you're pregnant, you had better be really good at Russian roulette. Or I often use that line from the movie Dirty Harry when Clint Eastwood points the gun at the guy and asks him, 'How lucky do you feel?'

"The bottom line is, alcohol can cause FASD. And when I say alcohol, I mean wine, beer, whatever. There is no safe amount of alcohol to drink when a woman is pregnant."

FASD does not just occur when mothers abuse alcohol or drink heavily, according to the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Research shows only two drinks in early pregnancy or four drinks all at once - a binge episode - can kill developing brain cells.

Because most women are several weeks into their pregnancy before becoming aware they are carrying a child, Hinson suggests this: "If you're of child-bearing age and drink, then don't have unprotected sex.

"The brain is one of the first things to develop in a fetus. When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, it goes into the baby's bloodstream and also into the amniotic fluid. The baby is literally swimming in alcohol.

"Typically, a mother's liver can process an ounce of alcohol an hour. But a fetus doesn't have a liver to process it, so alcohol continues to cycle throughout the baby's body for the length of the pregnancy."

"It's a crapshoot," she says. "My question, and what we are trying to get people to ask themselves is, why risk it?"

Each child with FASD is affected differently. Some signs of the condition, according to Mayo Clinic, include: distinctive facial features, including small eyes, an exceptionally thin upper lip, a short, upturned nose and a smooth skin surface between the nose and upper lip; deformities of joints, limbs and fingers; slow physical growth; vision and hearing problems; poor coordination; sleep problems; and mental retardation. Most will have behavior and social skill deficits.

"Simple things become a huge problem, like crossing the street," Carter says. "They will very easily forget to look to see if a car is coming. And we constantly have to repeat things.

"But if things are written down, if they are concrete, they will usually remember. Our 9-year-old sat in Chuck E. Cheese's one night and stared at a guy playing pinball for about an hour. When the guy left, our son got up, put his coins in and proceeded to beat the machine at its own game.
"When he makes his bed, you could bounce a quarter off of it. But one thing I've asked their teachers is not to overwhelm them. Don't hand them 20 sheets of paper to fill out. Hand them two, and they can do it."

Both of the boys are A students in the gifted program at Corinth Elementary. "They are smart and can learn," Carter said. "They just face other challenges."

If parents suspect their child might have FASD, they should call their local community mental health center to set up an assessment.

"They need behavioral intervention," says Sandra Parks, director of the division of children and youth services at the state Department of Mental Health. "And that can be very manageable if the local teacher or social worker work together to find out what each child needs to help him or her succeed.

"One reason Mississippi is known for taking the lead in FASD education and intervention is because our community health centers across the state have stepped up and said, 'We want to be part of identifying and treating these children.' "

Carter says early intervention has made a difference in her 7-year-old's life.

"He was diagnosed at a much earlier age," Carter says, "and he is beginning to grasp abstract things. He's seen speech pathologists, physical therapists, social workers who would come and play with him, work with him on shapes and colors. It's a noticeable difference in the two boys in that regard."
Story from Clarion Ledger

Monday, August 24, 2009

CDC FASD

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Visit CDC's site: www.cdc.gov/fasd

For Whom the Church Bells Toll


A unique way to reflect on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for this year’s FASDay. Check it out.

Act for Future Babies

Did you get a proclamation from a city, county or state leader?

Make a difference for future generations of babies!



Here's an example of State Verbage - but city proclamations are
great too!


Office of the Governor

PROCLAMATION
*FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY*

WHEREAS, healthy children are the most important resource in the great State of (your city or state); and
WHEREAS, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the leading cause of mental retardation in (your city or state), the United States, and all of western civilization; and
WHEREAS, as many as 1 in every 100 individuals in these United States may be adversely affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol; and
WHEREAS, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effects are a root cause of numerous social disorders, including learning disabilities, juvenile delinquency, school drop-outs, homelessness, unemployment, mental illness, and crime; and
WHEREAS, economists estimate that each individual with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effects will cost the U.S. taxpayer nearly two million dollars in his or her lifetime; and
WHEREAS, people around the world will be observing International FAS Day on September 9, 2009, in order that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, (governor’s name), Governor of the State of (your state), do hereby proclaim September 9, 2009 as
*FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY*
in (your state), to promote awareness of the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, to increase compassion for those individuals so affected, to minimize further effects, to ensure healthier communities across (your state) in the future.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of (your state)
______________________________ (Governor’s name)
GOVERNOR

DONE at the Capitol in (state capital) on this _______ day of _____________ in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Nine

ATTEST: ______________________________ (Name of Secretary of State) Secretary of State

FASD Outreach

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the only preventable birth defect! Your signature is a pivotal piece in effecting positive change and awareness to save an innocent life!

Sign here.

Please join FASD Outreach in Colorado or your local FASD organization throughout the world on September 9, 2009 (9/09/09) for National Fetal Alcohol Awareness Day! Look for our ad in the Denver Post and for booths throughout the state with our message on alcohol during pregnancy:

No amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy can be considered safe!

FASD Outreach is a non-profit created by the adoptive parents of two children with FASD in Colorado, who wanted to help be a conduit for education, prevention, outreach and treatment.

FASD Outreach is working in partnership with the University of Colorado’s COFAS-POP (Colorado Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Prevention Outreach Program) as well as the Colorado chapter of NOFAS (National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome).

If you want more information, educational materials, a speaker for your organization, continuing education units for medical professionals, or to volunteer, please send an email to: info@fasdoutreach.org.

FASD Outreach will have newsletters, support groups, events, programs and fundraising opportunities. Please check back with www.fasdoutreach.org to learn more. If you are interested in making a contribution or your company would like to be a community partner in education, prevention and treatment of FASD, please either email fasd@outreach.org or send correspondence to:

FASD Outreach
5994 South Holly Street #199
Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

When a woman is pregnant, she is not drinking alone. If you are pregnant, don’t drink; if you drink, don’t get pregnant and if you need help, seek help. Talk to your healthcare provider.

Thank you for being a hero and saving an innocent life!

PREGNANT women will be told to give up booze - and could be confronted with warning labels on alcohol products.


Guidelines in France and Netherlands advise pregnant women to give up the booze. The US goes further, urging women planning to have a baby to stop drinking before they get pregnant.


Read more about what Australia is pushing for here.



Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Act NOW!

Visit Stone Soup Group.
Visit Silent Voices.

International FASD Awareness Day Letter Writing Campaign. TODAY!!!

Did you know that President Obama reads 10 letters each night written by everyday Americans?

Imagine if every letter the President read was written by someone whose life is impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

If everyone affected by FASD writes to the President prior to 9/9/09 then the probability of him opening even one letter regarding FASD is incredible.

The more letters, the higher the probability that all ten letters he reads will be written by those affected by FASD.

Are you a parent of a child with FASD?
Are you an adult with FASD?
Doesyour sibling have FASD?
Do you teach a child or an adult with FASD?
Are you a grandparent of a child with FASD?

For everyone person born affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol, everyone who loves that individual lives are also affected.

Join us in educating President Obama regarding the most prevalent of all birth defects: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Join us in asking President Obama to ring a bell at 9:09am on September 9, 2009 to recognize the importance of Nine Months of an Alcohol FreePregnancy.

Send a letter to President Obama telling him your story of how Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have affected yourself and those you love.

Send President Obama an email by filling out the form at:http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ <http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/>

Talking PointsThe Facts:

  • Fetal alcohol exposure is an international and nationalcrisis
    Prenatal exposure to alcohol causes permanent braindamage
    Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading cause ofmental retardation
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are 100% and easilypreventable - simply no alcohol consumption during pregnancy
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are a life longdisability - from cradle to grave
    More babies are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders than Autism Spectrum Disorders or Downs Syndrome
    There is no safe amount of alcohol to drink duringpregnancy
    It is estimated that more than half of the prisonpopulation is affected by FASD
    Prenatal exposure to alcohol costs the United States millions of dollars a year to provide services to individuals affected by a FASD
    Early identification and intervention has huge impactson the reduction of mental health concerns and behaviors resulting in legal intervention
    Even with early identification and intervention, individuals with a FASD will need to lifelong supports
    The Daily Realities of Living with Fetal Alcohol SpectrumDisorders
  • As a Parent:
    Struggles with you have raising your child withFASD
    Struggles you have explaining the invisiblebrain damage to others who deal with your child* Struggle finding appropriate services for yourchild
    The lesson you have learned in your journey ofraising a child affected by FASD
    Your dreams for your child

  • As an Adult affected by FASD
    Struggles you had to overcome in your lifetime
    Strengths and talents you have
    Accommodations that enable you to be successful

  • As a Profession working with individuals affected byFASD
    What systematically is working for your clients
    What systematically is not working for yourclients
    Struggles your clients face on a daily basis
    Struggles you face on a daily basis in obtaining resources for your clients
    What resources are necessary for your clients to be successful
    What needs to happen


Proclamation by the President of the United States recognizing September 9th as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day and the importance of abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy


Ask him to ring a bell at 9:09 am on September 9, 2009 in recognition of the individuals affected by FASD.


FASTride

The word is spreading throughout the states...people are rallying for the awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. What was once a hidden topic, it is now being discussed on the main front and people are seeing that prevention is key.

Click here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Teen Sex on the Rise

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Women drinking more

Women drinking more, DUIs up, experts say
In some parts of the country, the majority of drunken drivers are female.....


“It’s more common among women to hide their drinking because of the social stigma of it,” says Dr. Robert Swift, an addiction psychiatrist and professor at Brown University in Providence, R.I. They might choose vodka, for example, which produces less of an odor on the breath, he says. (A broken bottle of vodka was found in the wreckage of Schuler’s car).

Or they might choose to drink at times when people aren’t around — in the morning, for example, when the kids are off at school. They might use colorless alcohol and put it in sports bottles. And they might find creative places to hide booze.





On the rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), has confirmed the news: pregnancies and STD rates among young adults are on the rise.

Why this? Why now?

Although the issue is complex, it is clear that many teenagers are getting information about sex from the Internet and from other teens. It's time for us to step up and provide young adults with accurate, relevant and REAL education on how to prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases!

And if education isn't made clear about sex and pregnancy to young people, and pregnancies are on the rise among young adults the numbers exposed to alcohol are sure to increase.

The cost to prevent is considerably lower than the multitude of ramifications that occur without prevention.

Let's take a stand for informative and accurate information about sex, STDs and FASD.

09.09.09

Save the Date - Pregnant Pause Event in Sacramento provided by the California State FASD Task Force on 09/09/09.

For those of you that are not aware of what "Pregnant Pause" is: It is a fun non-alcoholic competition for local bartenders to compete in making the "prize" non-alcoholic drink. The judges will be our pregnant moms. It is a fun and educational way to bring FASD awareness and hopefully get more people interested in continuing to pass the message on of “Nine months, Zero alcohol.”

What to do on FASDay:


Make this a day to educate those around you.
Give out NineZero coffee.
Give out NineZero wristbands to people you know.
Download and distribute rack cards.
Wear your NineZero T-shirt.Spread the message- NineZero

Count down for 09.09.09

With all the information that is on the NineZero website, if you still can't figure out what to do to prevent or what to do for 09.09.09 - click here.

(FYI - 09.09.09 is FASDay)!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

FASD’s Angels

This article shows there’s more to bikers than leather jackets and long ponytails.


Ride on! Uh, that is, read on!

Sleepless in….

There are many factors that contribute to sleeplessness. Could drinking during pregnancy be one of them?


Monday, August 3, 2009

Message in a Bottle







Multi Media (oil, canvas, newspaper, pictures)Size- 16”x20”2008
“Message in a Bottle” is the heart beat of The NineZero Project.
NineZero stands for “Nine months, Zero alcohol.” Alcohol is the leading known cause of mental retardation in the United States, yet it is one hundred percent preventable.
The bottle is an accumulation of many alcoholic beverages sold within the states. The various types of drinks are to show that there is not one beverage that causes Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
The Surgeon General has placed on all of them labels reminding pregnant women that there is no safe time nor no safe amount of alcohol to be consumed during the nine months of pregnancy. Within the bottle’s spill emerges a small representation of the thousands of lives that have been damaged due to the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
The faces are those with FASD.I have chosen the color purple that drips out from the bottle splashing onto the faces as an analogy. Purple typically is associated with royalty. People with FASD are from royalty in how they are treated; due to the way others treat them, 60% will find themselves suspended or expelled, 60% will have trouble with the law, 80% are unable to live independently, and 80% are unable to keep a job for over three months. Yet their voices have not been silenced. Choruses of other have joined with them to sing a song of awareness, prevention, and hope for the lives of generation that will not struggle with FASD.
Join the chorus.
Visit NineZero.org.

More on Billy Edwards

A member of my Board of Directors, William "Billy" Edwards, is a Deputy Public Defender for Los Angeles County. Read the attached Press Release and you will understand a little of his history with Arc Riverside.
It took him years to get his Public Defender colleagues within his agencies (first Riverside County and then LA County) to take an interest in using a mental retardation defense where appropriate. As a matter of fact, he was lecturing on this issue around the world before his LA PD agency was paying any attention to it. All that has changed. The short of it is that he is now doing training on MR defense at many, if not all, PD offices throughout the county. I kept telling him (and I believe Tim Derning, also his friend, has done so as well) that he must include FASD and he has been collecting material on it for years but had never incorporated it because he felt he know so little about it.
About four months ago, he was at my house and he told me of a case that was frustrating him. He said he had received this client's school records and knew he was in Special Ed. but his IQ was measuring at 80 so he wasn't going to be able to qualify him for an MR defense. He was convinced that his client had brain damage and said there was a record of cocaine in his bloodstream at birth. I told him the chances of his mother drinking during pregnancy were extremely high. Something clicked for him and for brevity I will just list the things he began to make happen when he go to his office the following Monday.
Wrote letters to several instate and out-of-state people and programs that diagnose FASD.
Read new, updated info from several members of this committee on FASD and the criminal justice system and on FASD generally.
Was contacted by Kay Kelly at the U. of Washington within a week.
She guided him along and got his client placed in one of their studies.
He filed a brief asking the judge to authorize $2500 for testing because there was a strong indication that the client had FASD. He submitted research papers with this brief. The judge had never heard of this defense before. To his bosses and everyone's surprise, the judge consented.
Dr. Bookstein of the UW worked with an LA area neurologist on the protocol for the MRI or whatever the screening is called. The pictures were sent to UW and Dr. Bookstein wrote the report. Dr. Bookstein told "Billy" that the brain image left him no doubt that his client had FASD.
Dr. Bookstein wrote a report to the judge that stated this.
The judge was impressed but wanted to know what would happen if he did not sentence him to prison. What is the alternative?
Billy had been trying to get the appropriate Regional Center involved but the RC "gatekeeper" at the LA County prison said he didn't have MR and therefore was not eligible for their services. End of story. I believe Billy said that the adaptive scale used is not adequate for FASD. Billy had no satisfactory answer for the judge.
County Mental Health rejected him as well.
Essentially there are no community services available for people with FASD who do not qualify for RC services, in the county. There are 7 Regional Centers in the County.
The judge sentenced Billy's client to 5 years in prison. In his shoes, I probably would have done the same. This is not someone you want walking the street..
Billy has asked for help. He wants to use FASD as a defense where it is indicated.
He needs:
Local resources for the diagnosis. Most judges won't allow out of state consulting.
Help in getting Regional Centers to put them on their caseload and then find some kind of service and/or support for these individuals. This could include incarceration at the forensic unit at Porterville Developmental Center. This is what Billy would have recommended (in lieu of no services being available in the community) if he had been able to qualify this client for RC services.
His PD office may also need some help to keep the LA Unified School District from destroying student records. I'm hearing they are very upset that this is currently happening. I don't know the laws but something is not right.
After his case ended, the UW people were so impressed with what he had done, virtually on his own, that they invited him up there for the full tour and a quick education. He sent several hours with Dr. Streissguth including a visit to her house. Billy cooked a gourmet dinner for the entire group. They see him as a light shining in the dark wilderness.
His office agreed to schedule an inservice training on FASD and Dr. Streissguth, recognizing it's importance, has agreed to come down and personally do it with Kay Kelly and Dr. Bookstein at no charge. LA County has the largest Public Defender's Office in the Country.
He also got that group (including Dr. Streissguth) to submit a paper on FASD defense to the ABA for presentation at their National Conference in SF next August. He has been told this is a real stretch as they don't believe there is enough interest in this area. It will only happen if he pushes hard, which, you must know by now, he does.
Eva and I will be helping Billy wherever we can. I have a call into the Protection and Advocacy Managing Attorney for the Clients Rights Advocates. Protection and Advocacy, Inc., in California, is contracted to provide CRA services in each of the 21 Regional Centers. I want to talk to her about whether or not the CRAs are willing to help us file appeals for individual cases (using the 5th category criteria) and whether or not they might be willing to help us statewide in a number of possible ways. I know this attorney (Marcie Gladson) having worked with her on The Criminal Justice Taskforce for Persons with Developmental Disabilities in the late '90s. Tim Derning knows her as well.
I have called Executive Director Dr. Mike Clark of the Kern Regional Center. This RC has been the most active in helping consumers with forensic needs in the entire state. They provide case management services to all consumers at Porterville. Approximately 400 RC consumers are officially incarcerated in the secure portion of this facility. I'm not sure what I want to ask of him but he needs a quick education... It would be a great place to house a program that trains individuals with FASD to live appropriately in the community. For people with MR it is a safer alternative to the general prison population and it should be for people with FASD as well. I have had the pleasure of working with this Director and if anyone could make this happen within the DDS system, it likely is him.
We are indebted to Billy Edwards and we must ensure that his efforts do not go for naught.

Fetal alcohol victims face discrimination

Law professor says fetal alcohol spectrum disorder sufferers unfairly treated by courts.

Read the article here.

Other related topics:

Chairman Sweezy then invited Billy Edwards to discuss fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and its effects on the criminal justice system. A discussion ensued amongst the Committee members, and Mr. Edwards agreed to put together more information and statistics on the issue and suggested that the Committee hear a speaker on the subject during their next meeting to determine whether to include it as a topic in the 2008 report.

Billy Edwards is known for defending offenders with disabilities and is one of the founders of a NEW NineZero curriculum on FASD in the Criminal Justice System.


A Village to Help

Good friends surround Katelyn, but that doesn't make the situation easier.


"A mutual friend of Katelyn and I have been talking a lot about Katelyn. We have been talking about how her diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome makes it difficult for her to see the cause and effect relationships of what she does. I’m really hoping that all of us can discuss this – and how we can help Katelyn see the results of her actions."

Read the blog here.

Horse Therapy?




Raising a child with a disability can bring challenges in caring for them. But as a parent wanting what's best, you try to find activities that suits their needs. A program in its 25th year is bringing out the best in children and adults with disabilities so they can be like everyone else.

Gabby was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome after her adoptive family took her in.

"It causes her some difficulty with her behavior and judgement. She sometimes has poor judgement. Also her attention span is low," Heikkila said.

Tell us something we don’t know

In her recent article, Jeanne Millsap, writer for The Herald News, reaffirms what the NineZero Project stands for everyday: Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is bad.

Many thanks are due to Millsap for the reminder.

Click here for more.

Oregon's FAS Problem

Oregon’s FAS Problem

Oregon is a beautiful northwestern state with an ugly FAS problem; new findings show that one in 2,000 Oregonian newborns have the syndrome that is caused by only one behavior: drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Read the full article here.