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Michigan FASD Conference


The MTG Space
4039 Legacy Parkway, Suite 200
Lansing, MI 48911
Map & Directions to the MTG Space Conference Center


$60 per person

Conference Times:

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Conference Schedule (includes lunch)



The FASD Conference registration fee is $60 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, attendance at the conference, and access to conference materials online.

A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals and families living with FASD. Please contact Ann Carrellas at or 313-577-8562 for information and availability before registering.



6 Hours of Social Work and Education Continuing Education Credits available

Keynote Speakers:

  • Christina Chambers, PhD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Common but Under-Recognized Developmental Disability
  • Julie Kable, PhD: Improving the lives of Individuals Impacted by Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and for Those Who Care for Them
  • Heather Carmichael Olson, PhD: Bringing the Innovative Families Moving Forward Program to Michigan

Breakout Sessions (two per attendee):

  • Adrienne Bashista: The Brain-Based Approach to FASD (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Nate Sheets: Cognitive Supports for People with FASD (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Emily Rusnak, Julie Kable & Parent Panel: Supporting Children with FASD in the Classroom
  • Charisse Cossu-Kowalski: Supports and Services for Children and Adults
  • Barbara Wybrecht: Criminal Justice Issues
  • Self-Advocates Panel: Living, Learning, and Succeeding with FASD
  • Charlyss Ray and Mary Jo Kurily: Sensory Strategies for FASD through the Lifespan
  • Anna Hon, Bonnie Ekdahl: Sharing FASD HELPS: Lessons Learned on the Rez


A group block of rooms is available for conference attendees on May 16, 2019 at the Best Western Hotel. Reservations should be made by calling the hotel directly at 517-349-8700 and ask for the MCFARES block.  Rooms are $85 for a king bed, $95 for 2 queen beds, and $124 for a suite.

All reservations need to be made by April 25, 2019 to get the block rates.

Best Western Okemos/East Lansing Hotel and Suites
2209 University Park Drive
Okemos, MI 48864
(517) 349-8700


Continental breakfast and lunch will be served during the conference.


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