About De-Ann DeGraaf

De-Ann is married with two young children living with FASD. Life is never boring in her household as she juggles working as a graphic designer and keeping up with her kids. De-Ann hopes to see more supports and services for families supporting individuals with FASD in Peel region.

FASD Advocacy Gains Some Traction

Politics invokes a variety of reactions in people, from impassioned criticism to bland indifference. Many people may even feel deeply cynical about the workings of politics and think that it’s only big business or highly-paid lobbyists that are heard. But since the growth of the internet and digital communication, more power has shifted to individuals [...]

By | February 6, 2018|Advocacy, Education|0 Comments

New Year. New Intentions…

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The one where everyone makes a new year’s resolution vowing to do better at [insert last year’s failed resolutions here]. You can’t escape the topic no matter what media platform one is into, TV, radio or online. In fact, I was watching a program recently that discussed new [...]

By | January 15, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tis the Season to Prevent

Christmas is one of the biggest holidays we celebrate in North America. With it comes shopping, decorating, wrapping, eating and drinking. Between office parties, getting together with friends or celebrating with family, alcohol tends to show up frequently throughout the holidays. For women who are pregnant or trying to conceive, this time of year can [...]

By | December 9, 2017|Education|0 Comments

Ontario FASD Strategy introduced in 2017 Budget

Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Supporting Those Affected by FASD Ontario is investing $26 million over four years to expand support for children, youth and families affected by FASD. To increase awareness of the disorder and how it can be prevented, Ontario is supporting six initiatives that will: Create one‐stop access to information/training [...]

By | April 28, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Highlights and Hope

Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending the two-day, 1st Annual Eastern Ontario FASD Symposium in Ottawa. The event’s special speaker was Kim Barthel, Occupational Therapist and international speaker on neurobiology and sensory processing. Kim shared amazing stories from her experiences and a wealth of information gleaned from her research as well as the research [...]

By | April 9, 2017|Caregiver support, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Taking Better Care to Give Better Care

So it’s been a pretty slow start to 2017 for me (as you can tell, this being February and the first post of the new year…) and I can probably come up with a lot of reasons from getting over the holidays and back into routine, to family sickness but what I think has put [...]

By | February 3, 2017|Respite|0 Comments

Preventing the Holiday Crazies

So ready or not, here come the holidays. People have started putting out their Christmas lights and decorations. Conversations have changed to include everyone’s plans for the holidays or what gifts to give. Christmas advertising has reached its peak and the malls seem to be busier even on weekdays during the day. I don’t know [...]

By | November 22, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It Takes a Region

Perhaps you’ve heard of the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” It’s widely quoted and has pretty much become a cliché but I can’t think of any statement so true and vitally applicable to raising a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is a diagnostic term describing a spectrum [...]

By | September 29, 2016|Caregiver support|0 Comments