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September 9 is International FASD Day

September 9, 2022

GUELPH, ON — The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) recognizes that September 9 is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) Day all around the world.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Its effects can include physical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities. These effects can vary from mild to severe.

This year’s theme is ‘Building Strength and Abilities.’ Historically, a lot of the research that focuses on those living with FASD or those who’ve consumed alcohol while pregnant, have mainly focused on the challenges, barriers and stigmas of these individuals. 

This year’s theme wants to move the conversation onto the unique talents, abilities and interests of those living with FASD. When we fail to explore the multi-faceted layers of who these individuals are, we fail to realize their potential for success.  

You can learn more about International FASD Day and this year’s theme here

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