Please note that the information may be triggering for some folx. If you need immediate assistance, please call your local crisis services. Please note that this article uses person-centred versus identity-centred language at the experts' request: folx with FASD.
Alcohol is a known teratogen, something that can affect prenatal development. Prenatal Alcohol Exposure can occur for various reasons including, but not limited to: not knowing you are pregnant, inaccurate information about the risks, and inadequate prenatal care.
In Canada, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a diagnostic term that replaced other terms such as Fetal Alcohol Effects, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrom (pFAS), and Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental (ARND).
All folx with FASD are unique and like everyone else have areas of strength and challenge. From the social model of disability, systems of racism, oppression, and ableism create barriers to access. Empowering folx with FASD honours their intersectionality and where supports can remedy systemic barriers.
FASD is more common than previously reported. It is estimated that it affects 4-5% of the general population across Canada and the United States.
A common misconception is that FASD is associated with social, ethnic, or cultural background, but the majority of people in Canada drink alcohol.
FASD is a whole-body diagnosis and supports should focus on meeting sensory, communication, regulation, memory, neurology, and health-related needs.
Our goal is to help folx with FASD and other neurodiversity understand the areas where they shine and navigate the areas where supports can help. We believe that FASD is a part of an individual's life; it is not who they are.
FASD Counselling and Consulting offers BC's only FASD tailored play therapy and expressive arts services.
It is estimated that 4-5% of all Canadians are affected by FASD. The nervous system begins developing from implantation. If you know you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant, please avoid alcohol.
To learn more about FASD please check out our sister organization the FASD Institute