speaker describes his personal experiences living with fasd
(October 26, 2012) -- In turns hilarious and heartbreaking, the Myles Himmelreich story captivated an audience of educators at St. Mary's University College today.
Myles described how it felt to be an easily-distracted elementary student with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). After experiencing homelessness and addiction in high school, he struggled for years to establish himself before deciding to "change the world" by speaking publicly about his life.
Myles said that he is working to change the FASD acronym to represent Faith, Ability, Strength and Determination as he helps educators and caregivers understand "the invisible disability" that he and 300,000 other Canadians live with.
Besides chairing and speaking at FASD conferences, Myles works with the John Howard Society, leading a non-traditional support group for adults with FASD. He has earned international acclaim for his efforts to change attitudes and increase knowledge about this disorder.
Myles was a guest of the St. Mary's Bachelor of Education program, speaking to more than 300 participants in a Calgary Catholic School District professional development session. He was rewarded with a standing ovation, not only for his moving speech, but also for his impromptu dance moves!
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