The Lakeland Centre for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder would like to make a public statement about a January Saturday Night Live Skit Winter Formal. We would first like to state that disabilities are not a punchline because making fun of someone with a disability encourages bullying and creates incorrect judgements. We believe that judgement kills confidence, increases self-shame and #stigma. We encourage @snl and @nbc to get educated on FASD a very prominent disability that includes 16 million Americans. People with FASD have unique talents and strengths and we believe that understanding brain difference is the first step in the acknowledgment of the many wonderful gift’s individuals with FASD bring to our world.
We have attached a link to the CanFASD explanation about why it’s so important that we learn from this incident. We hope you will take the time to read this article and share it so that together we can reduce the stigma and make a difference for individuals with FASD.
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.