Although there are thousands of published articles on FASD, there is limited research on adolescents and adults with FASD. As individuals with FASD age, it is crucial that clinically relevant research questions and directions are identified to ensure future research and research being conducted will help grow our understanding of FASD in this age group.
To help bridge this gap in knowledge, UBC organizes the International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) biennially. The goal of the conference is to improve the quality of life of adolescents and adults with FASD by enhancing understanding of the relationships between knowledge, research and critical actions related to FASD. The conference is multidisciplinary, allowing experts from various fields to come together with individuals with FASD and their families in a stimulating environment to exchange knowledge on FASD.
THE TEEN & ADULT STREAM
The teen and adult stream of the conference runs for 3 days and includes both educational and social activities. The stream is open to teens and adults who have a diagnosis of FASD or believe they have FASD. Mentors and leaders who have FASD and first-hand experience navigating the daily challenges faced by individuals with FASD provide leadership to individuals with FASD attending the conference. It is a chance to spend time in a safe space with those who really understand and know the difficulties those with FASD are experiencing. It is a place where individuals with FASD can meet others like themselves, ask questions, learn more, and experience belonging.
This event is the only one of its kind and is recognized within the FASD community for its positive contributions in the lives of teens and adults with FASD. The program is planned and organized by the Adult Leadership Committee of FASD Change Makers who volunteer their time, energy and expertise to ensure the success of the event.
UBC would like to ease the financial burden of attending the conference for individuals with FASD by covering the conference registration fee. Your support will help make attending the conference more financially accessible for individuals with FASD and help ensure that individuals with FASD who would like to attend the conference are able to do so. Your contribution will help keep this a sustainable part of the conference, and allow for as many teens and adults to attend the conference as possible.