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FASD Parent Support Group in Davis County

Date:Thursday (second Thursday), RSVP 801-309-3998
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Behavioral Health
934 S. Main Street, Layton, Utah 84041
Contact: Lynn Tanner - 801-776-0054 or lynnt@dbhutah.org to RSVP or find out about other dates.
Description: Davis Behavioral Health and the Utah Fetal Alcohol Coalition is sponsoring a support group for family members of children with FASD or suspected FASD. Connect with families and problem solve among people who understand the challenges you face. Presentations will be made to the group on a variety of topics as requested by the families attending. There is no charge and the group is offered to everyone who might be interested. See the announcement for details.

Support Group in South Jordan

FASD Parent Support Group in Salt Lake County

Date: Future dates will vary. Support group has not scheduled another date at this time. Please contact Natalie Driggs for details or to request a meeting.
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: South Jordan Library, 10673 South Redwood Road (1700 West), South Jordan, UT. Future location will vary. Let us know if you have a location where we could have a regular/consistent meeting.
Contact: RSVP to Natalie Driggs njdriggs@gmail.com to ensure enough seats.
Description: Support group for families in the Salt Lake area.

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  • Workshop
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
  • Utah Valley University, 8000 West University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058
  • In this workshop, the presenters provide a checklist and blueprint of important steps to take; explain the Federal benefits available and how to preserve them; describe legal tools such as trusts that benefit Special Needs specifically; and in general outline the options available for individuals and families dealing with these important issues. Registration required; contact Vicky at 801-863-5425. For more information visit Planning For Special Needs
  • Utah Fetal Alcohol Coalition FASD Awareness Activities 2014
  • FASD Day postcard
    • Join us on the steps of the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, September 9th at 9:09 am for our FASD Day event and press conference. Coalition members, a physician, and families will speak about FASD and provide interviews with the media. (A special "thank you" to the Capitol Preservation Board.)
  • Disability Advisory Council Public Comment
    • The August 26th Disability Advisory Council meeting will include an hour of public comment. People, families, providers, -all are welcome to address the Council or the Division. We are encouraging discussions of concerns, success, and areas to investigate. The meeting will begin at 2:00PM at the Multi State Agency Office Building, 195 North 1950 West, Room 1020c, Salt Lake City. The public comment period is scheduled for 3:00. Please reserve a speaking time with Ryan Carrier (rcarrier@utah.gov) or 801-538-4172.

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  • 2014 Family Links Statewide Conference

    Family Links Flyer
    • 2-day Conference
    • Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1, 2014
    • Murray High School, 5440 South State Street, Murray, UT
    • Families of children and youth with special needs and disabilities are invited to attend the Utah Family Links Conference. Sessions include information on keeping marriages strong; siblings get-together; employment & postsecondary education; dual diagnosis; working with schools; accommodations in college; Employment First; self-determination; legal planning and trusts; assistive technology; housing; pie social for dads; Down syndrome expert panel; funding issues; caregiving; and much more. To register, see the Family Links Registration page. Registration costs range from $10 (Friday Keynote only) to $35 (Friday & Saturday including dinner Friday).

    The IEP Process and Dispute Resolution: Questions and Answers

    IEP Q & A Poster
    • 2-hour Workshop
    • Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    • Utah Parent Center, 230 West 200 South, Suite 1101, Salt Lake City, UT
    • Please join the Utah Parent Center and the Disability Law Center for this free IEP Process and Dispute Resolution Question and Answer Session for parents of children and youth with disabilities or special needs. For details and to register, see the IEP Clinic Q & A page.

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Awareness Day, September 9, 2013

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    Living with FASD Summit

    • Telesummit (like a mini-conference)
    • Monday, September 9, 2013, for 12 days.
    • Online
    • Free information (for registered participants for a limited time) and practical strategies for families with childrne with FASD. Speakers include professionals/parents rasing children with FASD. For details and to register, see the Living with FASD 2013 Summit page.

    FASD Intervention Strategies

    • One-day training for professionals.
    • Thursday, April 11, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Department of Human Services, 195 North 1950 West, Room 1020C, Salt Lake City, UT
    • For details and to register, see the Frontier Regional FASD Training Center page.

    2013 Learning Disabilities Association of Utah Conference

    • One-day conference for families, students, and professionals.
    • Friday, March 15, 2013, 7:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    • Weber State University, Shepherd Union Building, Ogden, UT
    • For details and to register, see the Learning Disabilities Association of Utah page.

    FASD Training of Trainers

    • Free two-day course for professionals.
    • Tuesday-Wednesday, December 4-5, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Must attend both days.
    • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Airport - East, Salt Lake City, UT
    • Pre-registration is required. Class will be cancelled if not enough people are pre-registered.

    Adolescent Brain Development Training

    • Six-hour course for professionals
    • Thursday, October 25, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Utah Department of Human Services, Salt Lake City, UT
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    On Thursday, September 22, 2011, H. Eugene Hoyme, MD, FACMG, will be visiting Salt Lake City for lectures and meeings.
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    • At 12:00 pm, Dr. Hoyme will be speaking at the Resident Noon Conference sponsored by and held at Primary Children's Medical Center.
    • At 2:00 pm, Dr. Hoyme will be attending the Utah Fetal Alcohol Coalition Meeting at the Utah Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Building, 44 Mario Capecchi Dr. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Al Romeo at alromeo@utah.gov.

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    Press information in response to "Light drinking during pregnancy..." research study

    The Pregnancy Risk Line at the Department of Health (one of the partners in the Utah Fetal Alcohol Coalition), distributed a press release in response to the recent article by Kelly et al. Below are links to information for the press.

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    Support FASD Awareness Day on September 9th (9/9/2011) and pledge to be alcohol-free during your 9 months of pregnancy. Join an event in your town or start your own event. You can make a difference and help prevent birth defects and life-long disabilities caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy.



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    What: The Utah Fetal Alcohol Coalition has developed 4 posters for cities to display in government buildings. The display stands are included. Use these materials to support FASD awareness all year long, promote a proclamation, or support local families that are promoting FASD awareness.
    Date: Available all year long.
    Contact: Al Romeo (alromeo@utah.gov) to schedule the posters for your city. Ashalon Poster Kellee Poster Ruth Poster Terra and Jeremy Poster



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