What is FASD?

FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. It is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb.

Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges and will need supports to help them succeed with many different parts of their daily lives

Does this sound like your child?

Ask your doctor about FASD today.



FASD is Rare

1 in 25 Canadians have FASD, that is 2.5 more common than autism spectrum disorder

Only alcoholic persons have children with FASD

Low levels of alcohol can cause FASD even before a pregnancy has been confirmed

Alcohol is safe in moderation

There is no safe amount of Alcohol when a person is pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Alcohol is a teratogen; a substance that causes birth defects and fetal death

FASD is a childhood disability

FASD is a permanent disability that effects the brain and body of a person who was exposed to alcohol in the womb

Individuals with FASD have low IQ

While some individuals this FASD have low IQ, the vast majority have IQ in the normal to high range.

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It’s not about the face

You may have heard about the FASD face characterized by a small head, low set ears, small eye slits, flat mid face, upturned nose, flat elongated philtrum, and thin upper lip. However, the “FASD Face” is rare, in fact less than 10% of individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder have these physical traits. It is important to understand that all individuals with FASD have significant differences in brain development. FASD is a physical disability.

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