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Author and Educator Jody Allen Crowe to Speak on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder at the U of M, Crookston on Monday, January 26, 2009; Presentation begins at 2 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium
January 16, 2009

Contact: Laurie Wilson, Office for Students with Disabilities, 218-281-8587 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (January 16, 2009) – An opportunity to learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder will take place at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Monday, January 26, 2009. This compelling topic is the subject of a presentation by Jody Allen Crowe, an educator and author of the book The Fatal Link, to take place in Kiehle Auditorium at 2 p.m.  The presentation, sponsored by the Office of Disability Services, is open to the public and free of charge.

Through his extensive research on FASD, Crowe will detail how the disorder affects everyday life in schools, in our jobs, communities and around the state and nation. He has worked for 18 years as an educator and is focused on prevention and intervention efforts around FASD. Crowe is the founder of Healthy Brains for Children, a non-profit organization focused on lowering the incidence of prenatal exposure to alcohol.

While the information will be interesting to anyone attending, it will be especially valuable to students majoring in psychology, education, sociology, criminal justice and in the health care field, as well as to professionals working in these areas. Earlier in the day, Crowe will address the topic of FASD with the staff of the Crookston Public Schools and another session, open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Crookston High School Auditorium.

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