Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada


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Following are updates and news of upcoming events from Hamilton (Ontario) FASD Parent & Caregiver Support Group



  1. June 27thSupport Group Meeting Location & Guest Speaker Nancy Hall

As per last year, our summer meetings (starting June 27th) are held at the Williams Waterfront Café.  Please refer to our support group website Meeting Info tab for further information

ALSO, we are pleased to announce that our Guest speaker for our meeting will be Nancy Hall; Fascets Canada.   Nancy will provide a brief overview of Fascets Canada and the Neurobehavioural Model.  Link:  FASCETS Canada is a satellite agency of the original FASCETS in Portland, Oregon, and continues the work of FASD expert, Diane Malbin.  FASCETS Canada provides training, education and consulting services in the Neurobehavioural Approach for parents and professionals, to support the development of effective, brain-based, person-specific accommodations.  Please refer to the Support Group Events tab for further info.

  1. May 27thSupport Group meeting

We had a great meeting!  We were very honored to have Barbara Studham speak to our group about her challenges raising 4 grandchildren with FASD and her memoir “Challenged Hope” (It is actually titled: Two Decades of Diapers– my words).  The members were able to obtain copies of her memoir at the meeting.  Again our sincere thanks to Barbara!

    3.   Youth & Sibling Support Group

A brief update – we mentioned at our May support group meeting that we had an initial meeting to discuss the plans for our separate support group for youths and siblings.  We had another meeting to finalize the plans.  We anticipate that the meeting will be held at the Dundas Baptist Church (same location as the RJ Formanek event).  We anticipate that the first meeting will be very “light” (more a greet and eat for the initial meeting) to allow everyone to get to know each other a bit!  The first meeting will be approximately 1 hour.  The first meeting date is pending confirmation (more to follow)

  1. Training Updates

The Hamilton FASD Community Resource Team fall/winter training programs

** Sincere thanks to Brenda McBride CFS for providing the info

Note: The info has also been added to our Support Site Training tab.  Advance registration is required.  Cost: $0 for caregivers.

FASD Part 1 – Three Part Training Program

October 6, 2015 Series 1: The Basics: Understanding FASD

October 13, 2015 Series 2: FASD Intervention Principles—Best Practices “What to do when…”

October 20, 2015 Series 3: Advocacy-Promoting School Success and Transition to Adulthood

FASD Part 2 – Three part Training Program – Next Steps

** Please note to attend this session, completion of Part 1 FASD Training is required.

November 10, 2015 Session 1: Grief and Loss

November 17, 2015 Session 2: Strategies and Interventions

November 24, 2015 Session 3: Transition to Adulthood

  1. SEAC Meeting

Jeff Gowland and I attended the SEAC meeting on June 10th.  This was the final SEAC meeting until the fall.  We reviewed their 2014/15 Special Education Report.  It is an extensive document (109 pages).  The report reflected a number of changes to enhance FASD support and awareness.  Worth noting, at the May 27th meeting we had shared information on FASD diagnosis challenges as well as the recent research on the effect of a glass of wine stopping the fetus from breathing and moving for up to ttwo hours (see our site for the research).  The SEAC chair Judy Colantino mentioned to me after the meeting that one of the school trustees had read the effects of a glass of wine research and asked that the information be included in the sex education program!

  1. Kids Bowl for the summer for free

Registered kids age 15 and under receive 2 free games of bowling every day for the entire summer (value $500).  Note that registration is required.  Bowling shoes (+cost) also required.  * It may be worth purchasing shoes if you plan to use the program for the summer!  (our sincere thanks to Jeff G for the info)  Link:

  1. Hamilton Police Service FASD Awareness

We are pleased to announce that Jeff Gowland prepared a 10 page PowerPoint slide deck on FASD that was distributed to the entire Hamilton Police Services!  This will have a tremendous impact on their awareness of FASD.  Congratulations Jeff on a job well done!!  ** I am attempting to add the presentation to our site – encountering challenges.  Will continue trying!

  1. Support Group Website Changes/New Info
  •   Meeting Info location and Guest Speaker (Meeting info tab)
  • .Event – Nancy Hall Guest speaker (Events Tab)
  • .FASD is a Disability not a Behaviour video (Useful Info / General tab)
  • .Obtaining an FASD diagnosis (Useful Info / Support websites tab)
  • .Respite Services (Useful Info / Support Websites tab)
  •  kids Bowl For Free (Useful Info/General Info tab – Summer Items

Thanks to Mark Courtepatte and Savanna Pietrantonio, founders of Hamilton FASD Caregivers Support Group for the information for this post.




 My memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers describes my twenty years raising grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Available in paperback and ebook from:

Also available in ebook format from:

Author: whereasi

For over twenty years, I have parented four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: a disorder caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Please read of our family struggles and challenges at My two ebook memoirs available on Amazon titled: Two Decades Of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, describe the struggles my grandchildren and I experienced during their youth and teenage years. I have also written fiction, including a six-book English seaside series, titled, Under the Shanklin sky. I am now embarking on a new adventure creating children's picture books, designed specifically with kids with FAS in mind. The two main characters of the book are Strawberry & Cracker, twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The first titled The School Day focuses on the special supports the twins need at school for a successful outcome. The book is due out in the fall of 2017, to be followed by more in the series, all focused on the daily challenges faced by children with FAS. For more info, see my author blog at

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