#5 Days To FASDay – Fetal Alcohol Awareness Month

Write a PSA!
Or use one that already exists –

September is Fetal Alcohol Awareness Month – so share this wonderful PSA with friends – or take a look at some of the other great PSA’s online – most of the people working with FASD Awareness willingly share –

This was created by a 2009 high school graduate in a tiny rural KY county – he’s got real talent, and I’m so grateful to him for taking the time to do this. Please feel free to pass it on – I want Parker and his fabulous PSA to get a lot of views today!!

Happy FASD Awareness Day from Kentucky!
Laura Nagel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_USXRi8zt8

#30 Days To FASDay – #FASD Twitter Party

FASD Awareness Day 2011 was a a terrific initial success for increasing FASD-specific tweets and increasing awareness on Twitter; we’re doing it again in 2012 to have even more participation!

@FASDElephant (Twitter username of Michael Harris) is starting early and again encouraging and hosting a worldwide #FASD #TwitterParty on September 9th to make #FASD a worldwide Twitter trending topic and increase FASD awareness across the world.

See last year’s video (2012 video will be made in summer 2012):

1. Register for the Event: Register on either Facebook (to be set up in summer 2012) or Eventbrite, then I will send you an email and Tweet reminder on September 9th.
2. Share this invitation: Tweet or “Like” it from the “Share this!” section above.
3. Visit Tweet4FASD.com: Find sample tweet ideas, more info about the 2012 #FASD Awareness Day #TwitterParty, video tutorials on setting up and using Twitter, and links for more about FASD.
4. Tweet #FASD messages with 120 characters or less: No matter the time, no matter your location… Tweet several times using the hashtag #FASD on September 9th so it will show up as a trend on Twitter. (BTW, Tweets 120 characters or less are easy to re-tweet.)
5. Document your FASD Awareness Day event: Send Tweets and Tweetpics from your event on September 9th – Include the hashtag #FASD.
6. Retweet other #FASD Tweets you receive: Keep the momentum going!

A. #FASD Awareness Day! Alcohol+Pregnancy=Lifetime of Problems. Please don’t drink when pregnant. B. #FASD is preventable! Alcohol in pregnancy can cause brain damage. Please don’t drink while pregnant.
C. @FASDElephant I’m honoring #FASD Awareness Day in [city/country] by [tell me something about your event].

Follow FASDElephant on Twitter

Event registration for 2012 #FASD Awareness Day #TwitterParty Hosted by @FASDElephant powered by Eventbrite

 

Tell the “Twitterverse” that FASD is 100% preventable on September 9, 2012!


What if each of us chose to reach out to another person with a disability.

An kindness of simple things will make a HUGE difference in the daily life of a person with an FASD disability.

A ride to the store for groceries
Coffee once a month at the local cafe
Sitting on a porch swing.
Helping to organize a room
An invitation to dinner
Helping with a project
Going to county services as a friend or brain coach

We would love to hear ideas on how you can “be a friend” to a person with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)

For t-shirts, hats and other gear visit www.cafepress.com/fetalalcohol

#40 Days To FASDay – Press Releases – Get Latest Data


Begin to Prepare Your Media Release Ideas for International FASDay – Get your media strategy started 



Don’t forget your other public places to share

(Jeff Noble has some great ideas) at 

  • blogs 
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • twitter
  • Google plus
  • community events calendar 
  • church bulletins
  • school and association newsletters 

Suggested Media Release for Canada (should fit on single page):

For Immediate ReleaseContact:
(contact person’s name)
(contact person’s phone number)
(use actual date)
(contact person’s e-mail address)
(Name of your organization)

Fights FAS: International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day Video Premiere, Sept. 9
“Our house was in turmoil from the time he got up until the time he fell asleep, probably about ten o’clock – and then I would crawl into bed, totally exhausted, and cry myself to sleep every night because I felt like such a failure,” says Guelph’s Chris Margetson, parent of a son with FAS, in a compelling new Ontario-produced video.
The 25-minute video, “Different Directions: Understanding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,” will be offered, along with an informal breakfast, when (Name of your organization) marks International FAS Awareness Day on September 9 at 8:45 a.m., at (location), and observes the worldwide “Minute of Reflection” at 9:09 a.m.
“We’ll be joining parents and professionals around the world in building awareness about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,” says (name and position of spokesperson). “On this second annual FAS Awareness Day, people from Nunavut to New Zealand will participate. On the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth month, we ask the world to remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should not drink alcohol.”
(name of your city or town) will be among many Canadian communities to use FAS Day to launch the new video, produced by Ontario’s North for the Children and Toronto’s Breaking the Cycle with the assistance of Health Canada.
The video focuses on two children with FAS and their mothers: 5-year-old Brenda, and her adoptive mother, Kim Meawasige, both of aboriginal ancestry; and young adult Joe and his birth mother Chris Margetson, of non-native background. Both Meawasige and Margetson work with FAS professionally, and bring to their work compassionate understanding of the struggle faced daily by children with FAS – and their families.
In one of the more touching moments in the video, Meawasige, adoptive mother of four children with FAS/FAE, bursts into tears. “Knowing how many kids are lost, either killed or living on the street with FAS and FAE, it scares me…One of the reasons I adopted (my children) is because I know that …no matter how weird our family is, we’re family and we’ll be there for them.”
Following the screening of the video, (what else is on your program?) All are welcome. For more information, call (contact name and number).

Suggested Media Release for U.S. (should fit on single page):

For Immediate Release
Contact:
(contact person’s name)
(contact person’s phone number)
(use actual date)
(contact person’s e-mail address)
(Name of your organization)

Fights FAS: International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day Video Premiere, Sept. 9

The 35-minute video, “FAS: Everybody’s Baby” (that focuses on teenagers who struggle with the effects of alcohol in their lives) will be offered, along with an informal breakfast, when (Name of your organization) marks International FAS Awareness Day on September 9 at 8:45 a.m., at (location), and observes the worldwide “Minute of Reflection” at 9:09 a.m.
“We’ll be joining parents and professionals around the world in building awareness about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,” says (name and position of spokesperson). “On this second annual FAS Awareness Day, people from Alaska to New Zealand will participate. On the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth month, we ask the world to remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should not drink alcohol.”
(name of your city or town) will be among many U.S.communities to use FAS Day to launch the new video, produced by the U.S. Dept.of Education.
Promoting zero tolerance for alcohol, tobacco, and drugs during pregnancy, the video is particularly aimed at problem teenagers who are at risk for both unplanned pregnancy and substance abuse. The film concludes with a reflection from adolescents on what parenting is all about, how it begins in the womb, and the responsibilities of the mother and father. “It’s an excellent film for teenagers,” says Teresa Kellerman of Tucson’s FAS Community Resource Centre, “and it will make an impact on viewers of all ages.”
Following the screening of the video, (what else is on your program?) All are welcome. For more information, call (contact name and number).

#57 Days To FASDay – Pick a reporter

HERE’S ANOTHER THING YOU CAN DO.

Pick a Reporter!

Next time you read the local newspaper, pay attention to which reporters write about personal interest stories.

Choose a reporter who seems to be sensitive to special family or children’s issues, who will do a respectful interview with a family or spokesperson. This spokesperson doesn’t have to be you, but it could be! We’ll walk you through it – piece of cake.

Write down the name of the reporter and find out the phone number and address of the newspaper. Later you are going to ask for an appointment and give them a press release.

Would you like to conduct a 5-minute radio interview on your favorite radio station?
Here is an interview script for you and a radio person or you can just read this one-person script.

Before contacting the media, it might be helpful to go over these suggestions from FASDAY veterans, Teresa Kellerman and Brian Philcox.

Also consider Blogs, Facebook, Google Plus, Radio, TV, local news, church bulletins, community events calendars.

CONGRATULATIONS TO KIM “YOU” MADE A DIFFERENCE!

Hi Everyone,
On a whim, the other night I thought I would try to get FASD Day put on the website of an international Christian Radio station-KLOVE’s- community calender.

I never really thought they would approve it because it wasn’t an actual “event” that I have here in BG, and they requested specific information on the form that I couldn’t really give.
But they did approve it- now all of the millions of people who look at their site will know about FASD day. And they might put it on their radio station. Its kind of a grab bag what events they promote on the air- but I’m excited.

Locally we don’t have specific plans yet to my knowledge, but I thought this was a great way to spread the word.

Take care,
Kim

We hope that your event is successful and that God will bless it!
~ Your friends at KLOVE.com

Celebrate
International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day
Main Street, City, State ZIP
Join us for (this is your idea)
Time (9:09 suggested but it can be anytime)

This day is set aside each year internationally to raise awareness on the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. September 9, was chosen to represent 9 months of no alcohol. The above website describes the first FASD day and how it turned into an international awareness day event.
Event Website: http://fasday.com/BirthFASDay.htm

GO KIM!

Online Manual – www.fasday.com
Seminar – Or try our easy, effective, exciting 1½ hour program that walks you
 through the morning of Sept.9: http://www.come-over.to/FASDAY/ABCDEFG/ 
(material from 2002 has excellent ideas)


Follow us through the next 60 days and plan your local or personal project to build awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – Each One Can Reach One!

Need family support visit www.toolboxparent.com
Need ideas for adults living with challenges of FASD visit www.braidedcord.net
Need information on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders visit www.betterendings.org
Interested in service dog for FASD visit www.thechancerchronicles.com