Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an invisible brain-based disability that arises due to exposure to alcohol prenatally. FASD one of the leading known causes of development disabilities in North America.
It's important that we approach FASD through a neurobehavioural lens to allow for acceptance and understanding of the disability. Those with FASD may have challenges with memory, processing of information, living skills, motor skills, learning and social skills. Specialized supports will help them succeed in these areas.
FASD prevention is very complicated. There are a number of reasons someone may drink alcohol during pregnancy, including:
To prevent FASD, we must consider all factors that influence alcohol consumption and provide support for women and girls to overcome barriers to healthy pregnancies.