THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: An Unimaginable Choice: Trading Parental Rights for Care

A CBC freedom of information request to the Nova Scotia government has revealed a terrible reality for children with mental illness and their families. Children too ill for the province’s 15 group homes are housed in residential facilities. But between January 2011 and December 2016, 2,655 of those children were reported missing.  What makes the ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Fetal Alcohol Resource Program and International FASD Awareness Day

Every year on September 9th, International FASD Awareness Day is observed.  Proclamations are issued in countries, states, provinces, and towns all around the world.  Bells are rung at 9:09 a.m. in every time zone from New Zealand to Alaska.  People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: RESEARCH – AN UNRECOGNISED SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVING FAMILIES

Can scientific research offer practical help to caregivers and our loved ones?  You bet it can.  I have the privilege of sitting on the board of NeuroDevNet, or NDN – a member of the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence supporting research in the area of neurodevelopmental disability.  The ‘network’ part of NDN means that ...