UGDSB recognizes Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day
September 9, 2021
GUELPH, Ontario – The Upper Grand District School Board is working with community partners to increase understanding and awareness around Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). On September 9, the UGDSB is recognizing International FASD Awareness Day.
Recognized 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. Due to the fact that we can’t see the disability, FASD is often misdiagnosed or misunderstood. Learning and behavioural challenges are often mistaken for other disorders.