Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Justice Committee of Ontario launches website and awareness campaign

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - The Justice Committee of the Fetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Stakeholders of Ontario will launch a comprehensive
justice system awareness campaign and website at a Queen's Park press
conference on April 4, 2007.
    The website has been developed with funding from the Public Health Agency
of Canada, as a resource for justice system professionals and others who are
grappling to understand FASD.
    In addition, the site will highlight case law, legal resources,
background information, and practical tips. In an unprecedented move it will
also offer strategies for dealing with the unique problems presented by
offenders, victims and witnesses with FASD in compassionate, fair and
effective ways.
    The press conference will address the magnitude of the issue, the
difficulties in identifying individuals who are affected and challenge the
perceptions that this is an Aboriginal disorder.

    Who -     Justice Melvyn Green, Ontario Court of Justice

              Jonathan Rudin, Program Director at Aboriginal Legal Services
              of Toronto

              Joyce Atcheson, Policy Development Officer
              Ka:nen Our Children Our Future

    Where -   Queen's Park Media Studio
              Legislative Building
              Queen's Park

    When -    1:00 p.m., April 4, 2007

For further information:

For further information: Brian McInnis, (647) 989-2800

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