Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

When pregnant mothers drink, alcohol from their blood can pass to their baby through the umbilical cord. In turn, this exposure can damage the baby’s brain and cause growth problems. These problems vary from child to child and may include phsyical defects, brain and central nervous system problems, and social and behavioral issues. These can result in a number of syndromes and disorders, collectively grouped together as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Key Facts about FASDs

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Resources for Raising Awareness about FASDs

September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month, and September 9th is International FASD Awareness Day.

The whole month of September is a key time to raise awareness about FASDs. To help you raise awareness about FASDs during FASD Awareness Month, we’ve collaborated with Aubrey Page, CEO and FASD educator at FASDaware LLC.

Aubrey created a social media kit to help you raise awareness about FASDs on social media, and she updates those resources on her Trello board. Additionally, she is interviewing experts about FASDs, which you can find on her YouTube page.

Everyone Has a Role in Prevention. Find Yours. Join Prevention Action Alliance.

At Prevention Action Alliance, we are dedicated to leading healthy communities in the prevention of substance misuse and the promotion of mental health wellness. We’re building a world where every community has access to high-quality prevention resources and where all know their role in prevention.

To build that world, we need your help. Everyone has a role in prevention. It takes a community to create safe and healthy environments for our children, and we’d like to invite you to join the Prevention Action Alliance, whether you’re a:

Whoever you are, we invite you to find your role in prevention.


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