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FASD & Animal-Assisted Services (AAS)
In this presentation, the Canadian Foundation for Animal-Assisted Support Services' (CFAS) National Director/CEO Joanne Moss and Social Worker Azra Alibhai will review latest evidence about animal assisted services and how they can ease anxiety and stress for individuals with FASD or other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Join us to learn more about the need for a national standard to better assess the type of support you receive for your loved ones.

Jan 31, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Joanne Moss
National Director/CEO @Canadian Foundation for Animal-Assisted Support Services (CFAS)
​Joanne is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Foundation for Animal-Assisted Support Services. She is a passionate servant leader and has been a devoted disability advocate for the past 30 years. Joanne also has expertise in humane education,  with hands-on experience in the delivery of Animal-Assisted Services.  Among her professional designations is a professional certification with Multi-Health Systems, a Bachelor Degree in Counselling and specializations in areas such as project and voluntary sector management. Joanne was presented with the Caring Canadian Award by Gov-Gen. David Johnston in 2015. Joanne describes the human-animal bond as "love just for being". Why is this important, because she believes that love changes everything. Photo Credit: Winchester resident Joanne Moss, left, receives the Caring Canadian Award from Gov-Gen. David Johnston on Tuesday April 14, 2015 in Ottawa. MCpl Vincent Carbonneau/Submitted.
Azra Alibhai
Registered Social Worker and Consultant
Azra Alibhai is a scholar and works as a social worker at ABLE2. She received her Master’s in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts Honours with High Distinction in Psychology, Neuroscience and Mental Health from Carleton University. At Carleton, she deepened her understanding of the human-animal bond and was integral in advocating for alternative ways of reducing student mental health problems such as with laughter, art and dog therapies. She was also integral in advocating alternative ways of learning for students with disabilities at Carleton and through her mentorship programs. Her passion for working and advocating for diverse and underserved populations influences her research that focuses on developing and implementing innovative care models utilizing a holistic approach to health and healing. She has presented her research on Animal-Assisted Interventions globally and works with animals in practice. She is currently completing training and certification on integrative therapies.