Today's speaker was Bernadette O'Donnell of the Spec-Team Assessment Society. Spec-Team Assessment is a registered non-profit society located in Vernon, serving the central interior of BC. Spec-Team is a specialized team of professionals who provide adult suspected of having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) with a confirmed diagnosis and follow-up assistance in accessing community supports. Bernadette shared some of the characteristics of individuals with FASD as well as shattering some of the myths. Individuals with FASD, once diagnosed and supported, can and do go on to lead healthy and productive lives.
FASD affects individuals from all backgrounds and all socio-economic situations. A woman from a well-to-do, professional background is just as likely to give birth to a child with FASD as a teen mom. Education is key in preventing this disorder. In terms of services for the FASD community, BC lags far behind.
 
After the meeting, a group went to pick up new inbound Youth Exchange Student Julia Soares from the airport. Julia is from Brazil. Welcome, Julia! We look forward to hosting you here in Kamloops!