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Let’s raise awareness – September 9th is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day

September 8, 2023

GUELPH, Ontario – September 9 is recognized worldwide as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day.  

This year, like many previous years, the Upper Grand District School Board is working with community partners to increase awareness and understanding around FASD.

Recognized as a day of awareness since 1999, FASD Awareness Day is devoted to raising awareness of FASD and to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD. 

FASD is a brain-based injury that can occur when an unborn baby is exposed to alcohol. FASD is a life-long disorder with effects that include physical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities. These effects can vary from mild to severe.

FASD occurs in all cultures and at all levels of society. Health Canada estimates that the disorder is present in nine in 1,000 live births. FASD is often referred to as an invisible disability. Because we can’t see the disability, FASD is often misdiagnosed or misunderstood. Learning and behavioural challenges are often mistaken for other disorders.

To show your awareness, understanding and support about FASD on September 9th wear red or red shoes.

For more information about FASD please see the following resources:

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