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AVITH in Context: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Wednesday May 8, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This free online webinar addresses a challenging area of practice: when Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a contributing factor in a young person’s use of violence in the home.

FASD is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting a young person’s development, behaviour and learning, and can have life-long impacts. As many presenting signs overlap with complex trauma or other neurodevelopmental conditions, it remains largely undiagnosed or misidentified. This can have serious repercussions, including in the justice system, if not adequately addressed. FASD is an increasingly significant area of concern for children in Out of Home Care (OoHC). Standard interventions on their own will not adequately address the challenges faced by young people with FASD.

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Wednesday May 8
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Residential Care, Frontline Staff, All Service Providers
Facilitator Bio
Professor Anita Gibb, of the University of Otago, NZ, has been researching this topic for some time. As the adoptive mother of two young men, one with a confirmed diagnosis of FASD, and both living with additional neurodivergent dis/abilities, she also has lived experience. Professor Gibbs will share some of her recent academic research on this topic and some insights into living with violent outbursts and meltdowns. Professor Gibbs brings a strengths-based, social model approach to this discussion about ‘disability’; it is when people, systems and structures fail or refuse to accommodate difference that a person’s experience becomes disabling. She also advocates for a disability rights framework, which challenges every system to ensure that those who are particularly vulnerable are given the means to participate fairly and equitably alongside their peers without disability.
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