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Fetal Alcohol Awareness Day

September 9th is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of disabilities and diagnoses that result from drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Every year, this day serves as a reminder that prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in Canada and the United States.

The impact and effects of FASD vary. Specific birth defects and the degree of the disability depend on several factors such as:

For additional information on the direct effects of FASD, visit these websites:

Canadian FASD Research Network        www.canfasd.ca
Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society               www.faslink.org
FASWorld                                                 www.fasworld.com
Remember, NO amount or any type of alcohol consumption is safe during pregnancy.

Did You Know……?

It is estimated that in Canada, more than 3,000 babies a year are born with FASD, and about 300,000 people are currently living with the disorder.

The first FASD day was celebrated on 9/9/99. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from alcohol. But anytime is a good time to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)!! 

FASD is 100% Preventable! Spread the word!

Kamloops has some great local events happening to support FASD awareness day:

Insight Support Services Inc. is offering a free education session of FASD.
For more information click here

Q`wemtsin Health Society is hosting a `Walk Along`.
For more information click here