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This month on our FASD Series we will be chatting with self–advocate Lauren Richardson and her mom Jane McIntosh about their mother and daughter relationship, Laurens’s late FASD diagnosis, and navigating family life.
We are excited to have Lauren as a guest speaker on our FASD Series, as a member of our FSI FASD working group Lauren has shared and contributed significantly to how we understand FASD from her lived experience. Not only is Lauren a wealth of knowledge she is also a fierce and compassionate advocate for other people affected by FASD.
Lauren Richardson: Lauren is a self-advocate and public advocate for FAS/FASD. Lauren believes that by speaking openly about FASD she can inspire others to find their voice and to also be a part of positive change. Lauren is determined to create change and to make a positive impact in her community and with her peers. Lauren has done a lot of important work in the province with her awareness advertisements, public speaking engagements, and more importantly mentoring her friends and colleagues to better understand the often misunderstood spectrum of FASD.
Jane McIntosh: Jane is the mother of 3 amazing women ages 33-40. Jane’s personal experience in adopting an atypical child led to career adventures including Chapter Development in Canada and the US for AboutFace-a support and information network for those with facial differences. The development of a hospital-based Family Resource Centre and as a Patient Advocate in a hospital setting. Over the years Jane’s volunteer experiences have been focused on ‘Trying to make a difference through both local and international initiatives. Jane is a true believer in Peer Support and the power of advocacy for those we know and love. Jane lives in Saanichton, BC – on the Traditional Territories of the Tswout, Tseycum, Tsartlip, and Pauquachon peoples.
Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not-for-profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability. FSI is unique in Canada and the only grass roots family to family organization that has a broad volunteer base.
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