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Date(s) - 02/11/2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Supporting Success with FASD

For Families, Caregivers, People living with FASD and Professionals


Saturday November 2, 2019

Richcraft Hall Carleton University – 9376 University Dr, Ottawa, ON

Join us for a day-long catered Symposium, to connect and network while learning about tools, strategies and techniques to build success with FASD across the lifespan. Attend your choice of breakout sessions to learn about strategies and resources that interest you. Listen to local leaders who are working in the field as they share innovative ideas to help you plan for your future. Our special guest Keynote, Myles Himmelreich, will frame the day with his unique perspective as a successful individual with FASD.


Myles Himmelreich is a well-known motivational speaker, having presented nationally and internationally for over 10 years; sharing his experiences of living with a disability. Throughout this session the audience will learn tools, strategies and supports that help Myles to be the successful man he is today. In his interactive presentation, he will give personal examples of sensory issues, processing, and executive functioning.  Myles hopes to encourage and inspire audiences, and society as a whole, to change the way they see and understand the word disability.


8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration and networking
9:00 am – 9:15 am Blessing and Welcome Ceremony
9:15 am -10:30 am Opening Keynote
10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Experiential Session with Myles
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Buffet Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions ABCD
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Movement Break
3:00 – 4:30 pm Closing Keynote

When registering please indicate which breakout session you would like to attend. All sessions will be filmed and made accessible after the Symposium.

Session A:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Navigating the School System

This session will help participants understand the educational system in relation to students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. We will unpack the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process so a parent, caregiver or support/school staff can better support the child/student as they navigate their way through school. Strategies to be used in the classroom will also be explored.

Presented by:
Sharon Lerher, MSW, RSW
Chief Social Worker
Ottawa Catholic School Board

Karen Konrad
Education Consultant
Ottawa Catholic School Board

Session B: Transitioning into adulthood with FASD

As a parent or caregiver of a youth with FASD, it is vital to remember that teens with FASD are usually developmentally younger than their chronological age and thus function differently than their same-aged peers. This workshop will explore some of the key transitioning goals for your youth or young adult. We will explore how you can support your loved one as they transition to early adulthood, by learning to understand what supports they may need in the areas of housing, employment, finances and social relationships including sexuality.

Presented by: Joyce Hamelin of Citizen Advocacy Ottawa’s Fetal Alcohol Resource Program and Barb Sabourin, an individual with lived experience as a caregiver

Session C: Fostering Healthy Growth: Understanding the interaction between FASD, trauma, attachment and sensory

Understanding the interaction between FASD, trauma, attachment and sensory is crucial to building the best strategies for healthy growth for each individual.

Participants of this breakout session will:

  1. Recognize how the roots of behaviour effect and influence each other
  2. Identify how behaviour is an expression of the interaction of FASD, trauma, attachment and sensory processing vulnerabilities
  3. Discover how to build strategies for healthy growth-based on the clues provided by the behaviour

Presented by: Tanya Eichler, Psychotherapist and Janet Carioni, Occupational Therapist

Session D: The Complex Relationship between FASD and Justice

Description:  In this session, a moderated panel of experts including legal professionals, police and probation officers, and an individual with lived experience will share their expertise, experiences, and ideas for inclusion of FASD informed practices in Canada’s justice system. Discussion will include early interventions for individuals with FASD at risk of coming into contact with the law, alternatives to incarceration, and the complication of addictions, homelessness, and dysmaturity so common with this population.

Panel discussion:

Moderator: Holly MacKay, Public Health Agency of Canada’s FASD Initiative (retired)
Sarah J. Starkie, Criminal Defence Lawyer
Superintendent Jamie Dunlop, Ottawa Police Service
Elizabeth Portolese, Probation and Parole Officer, Ministry of the Solicitor General
Rick Bertrand, a man with FASD, a former crown ward of the Children’s Aid Society and someone who has been through the provincial and federal judicial system
Nancy Lockwood, Manager: Citizen Advocacy’s Fetal Alcohol Resource Program


Bookings are closed for this event.