Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day

The ninth day of the ninth month recognises the importance of staying alcohol free throughout the 9 months of pregnancy.

In Australia, an estimated 60% of pregnancies are exposed to alcohol, often before the parents are aware they have conceived. An increasing body of research highlights the risks of even small amounts of alcohol to a developing fetus, with the most severe outcome being fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

FASD is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals who are prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation and social skills. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges. FASD is a hidden disability, as 80–90% of people with FASD have no visible features.  Learn more via NOFASD Australia.

To get involved in promoting FASD awareness, check out this information pack for ideas. You may wish to download FASD fact sheets to distribute, share a webinar, or print posters for display. The Red Shoes Rock campaign is an opportunity to get creative – step out in your red shoes and post photos on social media with the hashtags #RedShoesRock and #FASDawareness.

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