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September 8, 2017

Letter from Parliamentary Assistant Sophie Kiwala
regarding International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day


Dear FASD Partner:

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day is recognized annually on September 9. On this day, we reflect on the lives of those who live with FASD, and also on the incredible work that you do, every single day, to support children, youth and families affected by FASD. This day of recognition is also an opportunity to build an understanding of FASD throughout our province and country - and by doing so, reduce the prevalence of this preventable disorder.

Our government is committed to improving the lives of individuals affected by FASD. We are also steadfast in our efforts to increase public awareness to better understand the risks associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Earlier this year, I shared details of Ontario’s first-ever FASD Strategy and the six initiatives it supports. This letter provides you with an update on our FASD Strategy and some of the first steps of implementation.

Calls for Expressions of Interest

In the coming weeks, we will release calls for Expressions of Interest for organizations to apply to develop and implement the following initiatives:

Information about these calls for Expression of Interest will be available on our website at www.ontario.ca/FASD.

Membership in Canada FASD Research Network

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services is joining the Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD). Membership in CanFASD offers distinct benefits for Ontario, such as:

I encourage you to visit the ministry’s website for updates at ontario.ca/FASD. Please accept my thanks to all those who helped shape Ontario’s first-ever FASD strategy. I appreciate your ongoing support and commitment and look forward to continuing our work together.

Sincerely,

Sophie Kiwala
Parliamentary Assistant