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Optimizing Employment Opportunities and Outcomes for People with FASD
People with FASD have many strengths, skills, and abilities to bring to their workplace. However, there are a number of challenges and barriers to people with FASD entering and succeeding in the workforce.

In this webinar, we bring together a researcher, a person with FASD, and an FASD service provider to talk about how we can optimize employment opportunities and outcomes to encourage success for those with FASD in the workplace. Our amazing speakers include Dr. Aamena Kapasi, a research fellow with CanFASD; Lisa Murphy, the Executive Director of the Lakeland Centre for FASD; and Blair Charters, a FASD advocate successfully working in Alberta for the last 22 years.

The Canada Northwest FASD Partnership is sponsoring this event as employment is one of their strategic priorities.

Jan 28, 2022 10:00 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Aamena Kapasi
@University of Alberta and CanFASD
Aamena Kapasi is a post doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, and is working on the Substance Use and Addictions in FASD Populations study for her post doctoral research in partnership with CanFASD. Aamena completed her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, and her Ph.D. in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Alberta. Aamena has been conducting research in the area of FASD since 2013 and her research is focused on supports and interventions for individuals with FASD. During her PhD, Aamena worked on a research project exploring employment and FASD, and she will be presenting this research in the webinar.
Lisa Murphy, BSW, RSW
@Lakeland Centre for FASD
Lisa is the Executive Director at the Lakeland Centre for FASD. She has worked in the field of FASD for over 18 years. Lisa's history with the Centre has included advocating and coordinating services for children, complex youth, and adults diagnosed with FASD and their families, consultation and data collection. Lisa also played a key role in the development and organization of the Lakeland Summer Camp. As Executive Director, Lisa oversees the day to day operations of the Centre and its FASD Prevention, Diagnostic and Intervention programs.
Blair Charters
Blair Charters is 42 years old, and lives in Red Deer, Alberta. He has been employed as a Prep Cook at Tacoloft in Red Deer, Alberta for almost two years, and prior to that worked at Earl’s Restaurant in Red Deer for 20 years. Blair has been a Public Speaker for nine years and hosted speech nights in Red Deer for five years, encouraging others to share their journeys. He has spoken at Conferences in Calgary and Vancouver, and has given talks in many communities across Alberta, including First Nation communities, spreading education and awareness about FASD. Blair received both a Central Region as well as a Provincial Leadership award from Persons with Developmental Disabilities in 2014, and a Premiers Council award of Excellence for Public Awareness of Disabilities in 2016 for his advocacy. In 2016, Blair wrote the Book “Beautiful Struggles”, a story about his journey being affected by FASD, the challenges and the triumphs.
Darren Joslin
@Canada Northwest FASD Partnership and CanFASD
Darren Joslin retired from the Government of Alberta with 31 years of service in the Social Services and Health sectors. His experience has included direct services delivery as well as both program and strategic policy development and implementation. His work has focused on a number of different areas including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Mentoring and Youth Homelessness. Darren was the Co-Chair of the FASD Cross-Ministry Committee during the development and initial implementation of Alberta’s FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan. As a member of the Canada Northwest FASD Partnership he was involved in the establishment of the Canada FASD Research Network. Darren is a member of the CanFASD Board of Directors.