February 2014, Vol 2

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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – February 2014, Vol. 2
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FASD Matters – Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Prevention and Awareness
We need more research, education, training, and outreach. We need more awareness in every community across this country because FASD impacts us all. We need more awareness and understanding, not less.

Gift Pack
NEW February promotion – if you buy any level and any quantity of tickets in February for the 11th Annual MOFAS Benefit you will be entered in to a drawing for a Once prize package. For more information and to order your tickets, visit our website or email Jennifer Stieve at jennifer@mofas.org. We hope to see you there!

Public Policy Paid Internship Available
Assist with the engagement of FASD advocates in state public policy activity. This position is open until filled. Requiring approximated 5-10 hours a week.

Administrative/Finance Assistant Position
MOFAS is looking for an individual who wants to work part-time in a fast paced environment. This position is open until filled.

FASD Day at the Capitol- St. Paul
Speak up for people living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and share the importance of prevention. Use this great opportunity to ensure that your state legislators speak for you, your family and the FASD community.

I Am Why… FASD matters
Both the 2014 FASD Day at the Capitol and the 11th Annual Benefit for MOFAS are right around the corner.  To help show why “FASD matters” to all of us, MOFAS would like to share stories from individuals living with an FASD, caregivers, family members, and professionals working with those impacted by an FASD.  What are examples of the daily challenges you face  or what do you want someone else to know about how FASD impacts you?
If you are interested in sharing 4-6 sentences on living with an FASD with MOFAS, please email it to emily@mofas.org.  If you would like to include a picture of yourself as well – that would be great!  NOTE:  If we do share your story at both/either of these events or on our website, we will only use your first name.
Thanks for sharing!  Our hope is that we can continue to help make FASD better understood by sharing your personal stories.  Please contact Emily Gunderson at emily@mofas.org if you have questions.

Professionals


Re-Broadcast of FREE: Part 1- FASD Basics Webinar
Due to an overwhelming response and continued demand, a live re-broadcast of the Part 1: FASD Basics webinar will be offered. This presentation is co-sponsored by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence. This is a free webinar presented by FASD expert, Dr. Jeff Wozniak, University of Minnesota.

FASD and the IEP – Minneapolis
A free PACER workshop for parents of children with FASD and for professionalsThis Individualized Education Program (IEP) workshop will explore IEP requirements and components of IEP development, including evaluation, resolving disagreements, and writing measurable goals with an emphasis on students affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Free Webinar Series Part 3 of 3: Family Matters: Strategies for Successful Outcomes
Part 3 of this FREE 3-part webinar series, provided by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, will focus on providing strategies for improving outcomes for individuals with an FASD.

Live Screening: FASD Basics Webinar with Dr. Jeff Wozniak- St. Paul
Gain a basic understanding of FASD, how alcohol affects the developing brain, and the cognitive and behavioral issues that can result when a woman drinks during pregnancy.

Women


Baby and Kids Expo – Mankato
Join MOFAS as we exhibit at the 7th Annual Baby & Kids Expo in Mankato. Enter to win our diaper giveaway, get a MOFAS 049 baby onesie, get some non-alcoholic beverage coasters and more!There will be kids activities, mascot appearances, health and nutritional information, along with exhibitors and more.

Teen Pregnancy Rates Much Higher for Girls With Serious Mental Illness
Teenage girls diagnosed with major mental illness are much more likely to give birth, according to a new study from Canada, suggesting such girls should become a special target for anti-pregnancy efforts, the researchers say.

MOFAS Baby Shower Bonus
Are you having a baby shower thrown for you, or planning one for a friend? We want to help celebrate and send you free goodies for the shower! Send MOFAS a copy of the invitation, the number of guest you expect, and where to send the goodies.

Families


Hand in Hand: Part 1- Albert Lea
Hand in Hand is an opportunity for parents, caregivers, and professionals who care and support those who have received or suspect an FASD diagnosis to come together and learn about FASD in a supportive and informal setting.

Understanding FASD Diagnosis – Edina
MOFAS has some exciting opportunities for parents to learn more about FASD and how it impacts their child.

Caregiver Support Group
Alexandria – 1st Saturday of the month
Moorhead – 1st Monday of the month
Two newly formed support groups. Foster, adoptive, and birth parents/caregivers will have opportunities for sharing their challenges, ask questions, and receive information on FASD.

Re-Broadcast of FREE: Part 1- FASD Basics Webinar
Due to an overwhelming response and continued demand, a live re-broadcast of the Part 1: FASD Basics webinar will be offered. This presentation is co-sponsored by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence. This is a free webinar presented by FASD expert, Dr. Jeff Wozniak, University of Minnesota.

FASD and the IEP – Minneapolis
A free PACER workshop for parents of children with FASD and for professionalsThis Individualized Education Program (IEP) workshop will explore IEP requirements and components of IEP development, including evaluation, resolving disagreements, and writing measurable goals with an emphasis on students affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Understanding the Challenges of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Alexandria – Feb. 27
Detroit Lakes – Feb. 28

Participants will learn about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; how prenatal use of alcohol impacts brain development, understand the challenges that an individual faces at home, school and in the community; learn about how MOFAS can support individuals and families living with an FASD.

How to Ask Tough Questions: Screening for Prenatal Exposure
Alexandria – Feb. 27
Detroit Lakes – Feb. 28
Participants will learn about what pregnant women experience and the mixed messages they receive about the use of alcohol while pregnant; learn about the importance of screening for prenatal exposure to alcohol; learn strategies for asking about prenatal use of alcohol; learn about how MOFAS can support screening efforts in their community.

Four Part Online Chat Series with Jeff Noble
Join FASD coach and expert, Jeff Noble, as he presents relevant and need-to-know information to help and support front line caregivers of those living with an FASD.

Family Fun Bounce Adventure- Waite Park
The Bounce Adventure: fun for children of all ages! Family fun events are ongoing, quarterly activities presented by the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) and Arc Midstate.

Teen Sibling Training/Support- Edina
Does your child with an FASD have teenage siblings who do not understand some of the unique behaviors and challenges that you face parenting your effected child? If so, we have developed a training that is targeted for teenagers to be able to understand their sibling, whether the sibling is older or younger than them.

Research Opportunity for FASD Children
Attention parents of children with an FASD who are ages 3-5. You have an opportunity to assist in some important research! Shirley Evans is a doctoral candidate doing research titled: “Eating Behaviors in Children with FASDs.”
The goal of this research is for future development of clinically appropriate feeding strategies, nutrition intervention, and nutrition education programs.
For more information click here or contact Shirley Evans: 405-210-5776 or shirley.evans@okstate.edu.

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