This September marks the 19th annual International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day. This year also marks 45 years of FASD being recognized as a medical diagnosis.
Today, FASD is the diagnostic term used to describe the broad range of effects that can occur in an individual who was prenatally exposed to alcohol. These effects can include lifelong
physical, mental, and behavioural difficulties, as well as learning disabilities. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy continues to be the leading cause of disabilities around the globe. We want to
ensure that our population receives the message that the safest choice for a woman who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant is not to drink alcohol. We also recognize that women whose
drinking puts them at risk for having a child with FASD need to be supported and benefit from non judgemental interventions. During FASD Awareness Day, we will carry messages that urge
and support women to have alcohol free pregnancies. We also will provide information that will help identify and support individuals who have FASD and their circles of support.
The Lakeland Centre for FASD provides cost-free programs and services in the Cold Lake, Bonnyville, St. Paul and Lac la Biche areas, as well as on First Nations and Métis Settlements through Alberta.