FASD Webinar- FASD:  An In-depth Overview and National Dialogue with the Experts

Last modified by Doug Maynard on 2013/04/29 17:08


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is not a diagnosis, but an umbrella term that describes the range of effects that can be caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. The prevalence of FASD in Canada is estimated at 9.1 per 1,000 live births, and the estimated lifetime cost for one individual with FASD is one million dollars.

In March 2005, thePublic Health Agency of Canada endorsed the Canadian Guidelines for the diagnosis of FASD. However, the capacity of diagnostic clinics has continued to be low compared to the prevalence of FASD. The validity and reliability of available screening tools had not yet been systematically investigated, limiting the ability of health care and allied professionals across Canada to consistently screen for FASD and refer for further assessment and diagnosis.

In partnership with many FASD experts, researchers, and organizations, the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) has facilitated the development of the National Screening Tool Kit for Children and Youth Identified and Potentially Affected by FASD. The upcoming Webinar series will introduce participants to the components of the Tool Kit, as well as engage them in an interactive dialogue with content experts from across Canada.




This webinar was made possible through a contribution agreement between the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres.

Created by Doug Maynard on 2011/03/08 20:24