Diagnosing FASD in BC's Interior
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 29, 2016
Bernadette O’Donnell, Director of the “Spec-Team Assessment Society,” is seeking funding for the specialized training of multi-disciplinary FASD assessment teams in the interior of BC. The training will enable them to assess & diagnose youth & adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). BC is well behind other provinces in recognizing & treating permanent brain damage caused by FASD. Low skills in literacy, numeracy & social interactions limit FASD sufferers from leading functional lives. These folks are innocent victims, vastly over-represented among our First Nations, homeless, impoverished & prison populations. An important first step in addressing adult FASD is measuring the problem through accurate diagnoses and follow up supports.