Understanding our FASD Kids

January 31, 2012
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Episode Description

Jeff Noble, who has ADHD, is advocate, trainer and coach for caregivers involved with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). He has ADHD. He says how he became a foster parent of a young man with FASD, and how this changed his life. He explains his slogan ‘FASD is forever, frustration is not’. He describes the things he’s learned about FASD kids, foster-parenting for them, and the needs of families caring for them. He talks about the challenges that FASD creates for foster parents, and discusses the types of help with these challenges that foster parents need. He gives advice to foster parents about their own lives. He explains the types of communication that foster parents need with other foster parents. He talks about questions that he and others want to be answered as a result of various class-actions lawsuits, the need for more open discussion about FASD, and gives his message to family caregivers, foster parents or otherwise, caring for a family member with FASD.

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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.

Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.

Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.

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