#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

#31 Days To FASDay – Write a poem


Write a poem and speak out!

I have a dream …

That one day little children will not be born with brain damage because of the alcohol they were fed before they were even borm.

I have a dream…

That one day persons with inivisible disabilities will not be treated second-class citizens, but will be able to participate in their local communities accepted in their differences

I have a dream…

That one day predators and persecutors will not addionally victimize persons with fetal alcohol. That people will realize it is no joke. That the day – to – day struggle is real and cannot be kissed away, or bandaged or ignored.

I have a dream…

That one day we will see all people as mattering.

On September 9, 1999, Liz (age 13)
and Jodee Kulp spoke out about the
realities of FASD. 

As my daughter, Liz Kulp said,

“You can’t be handicapped
if you are born like that. 
You just are.”



And this beautiful poem by 

Faceless

By Jennifer Woodward
Peering into a shattered mirror, I try to find myself,
However, all I am is faceless.
I gave up searching because I am always lost.
You lost when you took away my mirror,
My only hope of learning, and living.
Why can you not fix me?
Oh, right how could I forget you did this to me?
I am trying to get over it, over you,
But finding broken pieces of my heart lying
Around me, reminding me of being not whole.
Looking at me in my mirror only leaves me scared and confused.
I cannot see me,
I am faceless.
The world does not see me,
They see a title.
Help me find myself,
Why must I grow knowing I am faceless?
$B!! (B
The face of FASD is sometimes faceless, silent as the world goes by not knowing that we exist. I want you to look me in the eyes and not shut me out, not forget about me. I am here. Maybe you need to look in your mirror.
$B!! (B
Written by: Jennifer Woodward
(Please use and give full credit to Jennifer) FASDay

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#39 Days To FASDay – USA FASDay Resolution – Yeah!


August 1, 2012 the Senate approved, by unanimous consent….


On August 1, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, a resolution (S. Res. 536) recognizing September 9, 2012, as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day.
The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) includes several findings:

• The term “fetal alcohol spectrum disorders” includes a broader range of conditions than the term “fetal alcohol syndrome” and has replaced the term “fetal alcohol syndrome” as the umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during her pregnancy;

• Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are the leading cause of cognitive disability in Western civilization, including the United States, and are 100 percent preventable;

• Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are a major cause of numerous social disorders, including learning disabilities, school failure, juvenile delinquency, homelessness, unemployment, mental illness, and crime;

• In February 1999, a small group of parents with children who suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorders united to promote awareness of the devastating consequences of alcohol consumption during pregnancy by establishing International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day; and

• On the ninth day of the ninth month of each year since 1999, communities around the world have observed International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day.

The resolution calls upon people in the United States to “observe National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day” with ceremonies and events that “promote awareness of the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol; increase compassion for individuals affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol; minimize the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol; and ensure healthier communities across the United States.”

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#54 Days To FASDay – Create visibility FREE QUILT


Create Visibility in Your Community


Make A Quilt Display of Public Awareness

All the pieces can be printed on your color printer. In addition there is a 11th Anniversary Special Library Bundle Offer from Better Endings New Beginnings

Show a video or give a presentation.

  • This can be scheduled at your local library. If you don’t feel comfortable giving a talk, your local March of Dimes office (look them up in the phone book) might be willing to provide a speaker and/or a video.
  • You can purchase an excellent video for teens and young adults called “And Down Will Come Baby” for $12.50 by calling the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) toll-free (800) 729-6686 (Inventory Number VHS86). There are a limited number of copies of a good prevention video with Native American theme, “Sacred Trust” available from the same source (Inventory Number VHS100).

Become a Poster Poster!

  • Print out some FASD Awareness posters and hang them up on local bulletin boards (at the store, laundromat, churches, universities, etc.) You might even get your local schools to post them.
  • Here’s everybody’s favorite poster: “Little One” – with the link for the printable version at the bottom.
  • Here’s the FASD Awareness Day poster 2005 version.
  • High quality color posters are available from NOFAS. If you print out some of these on photo paper at “best” resolution on your color printer, they will have a high quality appearance. You can have large posters printed from the small ones for just a few dollars at you local print shop.

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


#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