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"When everyone is included, everyone wins" -Jesse Jackson

FASD Awareness Day Monday, September 9, 2019

FASD

  • FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - a complex range of brain injuries that affect different people in different ways.
  • FASD is a preventable disability.
  • FASD is caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.
  • It is a life-long condition with no cure
  • An individual with FASD often requires extensive supports and services "across the life-span"
  • There is an estimated 36,000 Albertans living with FASD.

(South Alberta FASD Network)

FASD Truths & Myths

Myth #1: FASD is readily apparent from a person’s looks.

The Truth: Most people with FASD show no physical facial features of the disability, as there is only a short period of time during the pregnancy when alcohol affects facial features. That is why FASD may be viewed as an “invisible disability.”

Myth #2: It’s okay to drink in moderation during pregnancy.

The Truth: There is no safe time or safe amount of alcohol to drink when pregnant or when planning to become pregnant.

Myth #3: Behaving appropriately is a choice. People with FASD just need to try harder.

The Truth: The brain damage associated with FASD makes it difficult if not impossible for individuals to control their behaviour. It is not a choice.

Myth #4: FASD affects children and adolescents. It’s something they eventually outgrow.

The Truth: FASD is a permanent, life-long disability that often creates greater challenges in adulthood when its behavioural consequences become less acceptable.

Myth #5: A person with FASD has poor social judgment because of poor parenting.

The Truth: A person with FASD is not able to interpret social cues and does not know what to do in many social situations.

Check out these Videos...

Less than 5 minutes and relevant for middle and high school students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1D7g2NoESE

https://www.myleshimmelreich.com/videos

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