FASD Symposium

25 Jan, 2022

What is it?

The FASD Symposium is Eastern Canada’s largest annual gathering of everyone connected to the FASD community. This one-day interactive, educational event, with content available in English and French, attracts 400+ people each year. Our theme for 2022 is ‘A new look at addressing mental health including stigma faced by people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)’.

2022 Event

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Location: Virtual

Symposium Program: Our conference schedule is being updated regularly. Check back for the latest information about the Symposium topics and speaker line-up.

Registration: Registration is open between September 23, 2021 and January 17, 2022. For more information on registration fees and policies visit our Registration Info page.

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

For a complete list of who is already confirmed to attend, visit our Who’s Coming page.

Why Should You Attend?

This Symposium is for anyone who recognises that they interact regularly with people with FASD – at work, at school, at home and in the community – and want advice on strategies to improve these interactions. If you want to learn more about how to support people with FASD, need support yourself, or wish to learn from others, the FASD Symposium is for you.

This conference is designed to not only provide tools for working with individuals with 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, and supporting people with FASD and their families. FASD affects +/– 1.5 M Canadians – There is no safe amount, no safe type, and no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Highlights from Past Events

The FASD Symposium 2021 was a fantastic event with over 450 virtual attendees featuring over 25 sessions and presentations in English and French and 33 speakers/presenters (experts with lived experience and professionals who support those with FASD). We were also lucky enough to be featured on the CBC Ottawa Morning show on Monday, January 25 – listen here.


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