Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges and will need special supports to help them succeed with many different parts of their daily lives.
September 9th is International FASD Day. First celebrated in 1999, FASD day is devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD.
Throughout the month of September, events are held across Canada and around the world in recognition of FASD Day. However, one day is not enough. At CanFASD, we recognize September as FASD Month and encourage all our followers to continue to work towards increased awareness of FASD throughout FASD Month and beyond.
How you can help
Whether you’re an expert in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or just you’ve just heard the term “FASD” for the first time, there’s always more to learn. Many FASD organizations across Canada and around the world are sharing FASD resources throughout the month of September. Connect with these organizations online to learn more about FASD and how you can help to address FASD in Canada.
Here’s some great resources for you to learn from:
Share what you’ve learned far and wide to help us raise awareness of FASD. Talk to your friends and family members about FASD, recommend FASD-related articles or podcasts, ask your governments what they’re doing to address FASD, and share our FASD month resources on your social media page.
When you’re talking about FASD, be sure to use the right language. Strengths-based, non-judgemental, person-centered language helps to reduce the stigma surrounding FASD, alcohol, and pregnancy.
Here’s some resources to help you talk about FASD:
Donate to CanFASD or other FASD organizations that are working hard to improve the health and wellbeing of Canadians. If you are unable to make a financial contribution, donate your time and attention to this cause. Volunteer with local organizations and attend FASD month events in your community.
Remember: the work doesn’t stop after September. Help us continue to raise awareness of FASD in Canada.