FASD Conference/Training and FASD Action Group

FASD is a worldwide public health concern and every one of us, in some manner, has been affected by the manifestations of FASD. The responsibility of any community is to ensure every individual is supported to live a full and productive life. The September 2017 “Serving Hawai`i’s People… Interventions for an Invisible Disability: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders” Conference was a success with about 200 people in attendance to learn and share knowledge, experiences, stories, and ideas for action.

The conference and training opened our minds and hearts, increasing our awareness about what interventions work and how we as a community can create ways to deliver services to Hawai`i’s diverse population and individuals with FASD and their families. As a result, the FASD Action Group was formed to build awareness of this highly underdiagnosed life-long disability in Hawaii. A diverse group of people from multiple disciplines meets monthly to discuss and develop services for everyone impacted by FASD. 

The full program contains detailed information on the conference. Please download the PDF for all conference information.

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September 20, 2017
Check In: 7:45 - 8:15 am; Program: 8:15 - 4:30 pm
Hale Koa Hotel Waikiki, Honolulu, HI

The goals of this conference and training:

1. Train families, educators, mental health and substance abuse providers, medical personnel, employers, and others to assess and effectively intervene with strategies that accommodate –not change—individuals with FASD related disabilities.
2. Revitalize the efforts in Hawaii to meet the life span needs of these individuals and their families.
3. Serve as a catalyst to generate community awareness, educate the public, and mobilize community members and institutions to commit to addressing FASD issues.
4. Initiate first steps to change policy and coordinate funding on behalf of FASD children and their families.

Day 2: Interdisciplinary Team Diagnostic Assessment For Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

September 21, 2017
Check In: 8:00 - 8:30 am; Program: 8:30 - 4:00 pm
McKinley Community School for Adults, 634 Pensacola Street, Honolulu. Room 110.

Presenters: Erin Olson, Ph.D., psychologist, John Thorne, Ph.D., speech and language pathologist, and Jennifer Nash, Ph.D., OTR/L, occupational therapist. Dr. Olson has been a member of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network interdisciplinary diagnostic team at the University of Washington since 2011; Dr. Thorne has been a member since 2003. Dr. Nash has been a
member since 2012.

Description: This all day course is intended for clinical professionals engaged in the screening and/or diagnosis of individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure. It will be targeted at current or future members of interdisciplinary FASD diagnostic teams, which typically include, but are not limited to, clinic coordinators/support staff, medical doctors, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational
therapists, audiologists, family advocates, and social workers.

Learning objectives:
1. Describe the history of FAS and FASDs.
2. Discuss the challenges associated with diagnosing FASDs.
3. Describe the full spectrum of outcomes associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.
4. Recognize the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to FASD screening and diagnosis.
5. Describe the complexity of the diagnostic process associated with FASD, and the advantages and disadvantages
of the available diagnostic approaches.
6. Apply the (2004) FASD 4-Digit Diagnostic Code to a neurodevelopmental assessment.

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