FASD Symposium

01 Dec, 2020

What is it?

The FASD Symposium is Eastern Canada’s largest annual gathering of everyone connected to the FASD support network. This one-day interactive, bilingual, and educational event attracts 150+ people each year. Our theme for 2020 is ‘Managing Challenging Behaviours in Children, Youth and Adults with FASD’.

Who Attends?

  • People with FASD
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Families and Caregivers of People with FASD
  • Educators
  • Justice Professionals
  • Social Services Professionals
  • Those with an interest in FASD

Event Details

Where: Brookstreet Hotel (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

When: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Who: People Impacted by FASD Across Canada and the United States

Why:  To learn how to better manage challenging behaviours in children, youth and adults with FASD

Schedule of Events

Our conference schedule is being updated regularly. Check back for the latest additions of topics and speakers.

Symposium Schedule (PDF – updated July 15, 2020)

Why Should You Attend?

This Symposium is for anyone who interacts regularly with people with FASD – at work, at school, at home and in the community. If you want to learn more about how to support people with FASD, need support yourself, have advice or best practices to share or wish to learn from others, the FASD Symposium is for you.

This conference is designed to not only provide foundational knowledge about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, but will also provide in-depth learning for those working in the education, health, mental health, child development, law enforcement, corrections, child welfare, and social services sectors.

We all have a role to play in increasing awareness about how alcohol impacts unborn babies. FASD affects +/– 1.5 M Canadians – There is no safe amount, no safe type, and no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Our Most Popular Events

Evening in the Maritimes

Evening in the Maritimes

Immerse yourself in the Maritimes this November at ABLE2's authentic east coast kitchen party. Evening in the Maritimes brings Ottawa to the Maritimes for a fun night filled with fresh lobster, lively east coast music, a chance to take home amazing gifts and prizes from our sponsors, while raising money to help enhance the quality of life of people living with disabilities in the National Capital Region. This unique event is sold out every year, bringing together hundreds of high-profile guests from all over Ottawa!

Caregiver Retreat

Caregiver Retreat

The retreat will celebrate the resilience that caregivers share, introduce them to new tools and ways of thinking, demonstrate the importance of connection, and will leave caregivers feeling positive about their role. The goal of the day will be to decrease caregiver stress, provide tools and strategies to assist caregivers in managing their own mental wellness, and provide informative, relaxing and interactive sessions. This is the largest caregiver retreat and conference in Ontario. Last year we had nearly 200 in-person attendees and 2000+ virtual viewers.