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October 5, 2005
Susan Beasy Latto, Director of UMD Public Relations 218-726-8830
Casey LaCore, UMD Darland Connection and Office of Civic Engagement 218-726 7125
Lynn Bye, Associate Professor, UMD Department of Social Work 218-726-8492
John and Holiday Hays, Parents and FASD Specialists, 218 969-2116 or 218 376-4501

UMD Presents Premiere Showing of Film
"Pathways to Understanding: Raising Children with
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - A Seminar with John Hays"
October 12
7 p.m.

Members of the community interested in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are invited to preview a one-hour film entitled "Pathways to Understanding: Raising Children with FASD - A Seminar with John Hays", October 12 at 7 p.m. in the UMD Weber Music Hall. A 6:15 p.m. reception with refreshments will precede the film showing. The public is cordially invited.

The film was developed by Bill Payne, Associate Professor in the UMD Department of Theatre, in conjunction with John and Holiday Hays, founders of the Hayskids Foundation. John and Holiday Hays have adopted 13 children, 10 of whom have been diagnosed with FASD. They live in Cook, Minnesota.

Hays family.

The film provides important information on ways to cope with the challenges associated with raising children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. After viewing the video, members of the audience will walk away with specific parenting techniques that can be used to improve the quality of life for the children with FASD and their families.

The event is free and the public is cordially invited.

The UMD College of Education and Human Service Professions and the Children, Youth and Family Consortium are co-sponsors of the event.

For more information contact:
Casey Lacore at 218-726-7125 or email:

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