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Federal government calls for proposals on social inclusion of Canadians with disabilities

September 23, 2016

The Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities announced a new initiative aimed at ensuring greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces Sept. 22 in Gatineau Quebec.

The minister invited national not-for-profit organizations with a focus on disability to apply for funding through the 2016 Social Development Partnership Program – Disability Component (SDPP-D) call for proposals. Under a competitive process, eligible national disability organizations may submit funding proposals over a six week period until November 3, 2016 for "innovative projects that identify, develop and test promising practices and tools that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities. The practices and tools may be new or build on existing programs and services."

Editorial promotes legal protection against genetic discrimination

September 20, 2016

Lack of protection is leading Canadian families and individuals to avoid genetic testing, even when results might provide valuable insight into a diagnosis and help target treatment.

Citing cases where people have faced discrimination in employment, adoption and obtaining insurance based on genetic testing, three University of Toronto professors, including Autism Research Group co-lead Dr. Stephen Scherer, penned an op-ed in the Globe and Mail September 19, saying Canada needs to catch up with other Western countries, and enshrine genetic fairness in the law.

Speaking out about FASD: impact, prevention, treatment - and hope | World FASD Awareness Day

September 9, 2016

Today is World FASD Awareness Day, dedicated to raising the profile of this often-forgotten disorder as well as the plight and capacity of people exposed to alcohol before birth.

Dr. James Reynolds is quoted in an online story by Jill Buchner published today in Today's Parent. The story begins with an account of Bonny Buxton and her daughter Colette, who is affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). It wasn't until Colette was a troubled adult that Bonny met her daughter's birth mother, who was struggling with alcoholism and drank throughout the pregnancy.

FASD study creates a blueprint for understanding the role of epigenetics in neurodevelopmental disorders

August 19, 2016

NeuroDevNet researchers have made the first steps towards identifying an epigenetic signature for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), drawing from the largest-ever study of children and youth exposed to alcohol before birth.

The multi-disciplinary group found a diverse pattern of DNA methylation that possibly indicates modified genetic expression in 110 children diagnosed with FASD, or known to have a history of prenatal alcohol exposure, compared to 96 age- and sex-matched controls aged 5-18.