September 9 is International FASD Awareness Day
FASD Day was first celebrated in 1999. It is a day devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.
Approximately 4% of Canadians are living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), that’s 1,451,600 people in Canada.
When unsupported, people with FASD are faced with especially high rates of mental health and substance use difficulties. Research shows that early and appropriate supports can make a positive impact and improve outcomes for individuals with FASD.
Throughout the month of September, events are held across Canada in recognition of FASD Day.
Learn more about FASD and International FASD Awareness Day.
Bridges FASD Mentor Program
Leduc County's Bridges FASD Mentor Program is a support program for adult men and women who have strong indicators for or a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The program provides support for three years to help stabilize the lives of affected men, women and their children, and aims to teach and model appropriate daily life management and skills. The program is designed to stabilize the client's life and work with community partners and regional community resources to develop and implement services.
This free and voluntary service is available to residents of Leduc County, New Sarepta, Leduc, Calmar, Thorsby, Warburg and Devon.