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What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol.  

FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and may need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.

Previous estimates claimed that one in every one-hundred Canadians have this disability.  Current studies suggest that closer to four to five per cent of individuals in Canada have FASD, around 1.4 million people. 

Despite 40 years of public health campaigns warning against the risks associated with alcohol use in pregnancy, prevalence does not appear to be decreasing.  A common misconception is that FASD is associated with social, ethnic, or cultural background, but the majority of women in Canada drink alcohol and FASD can affect all cultures and ethnicities that consumes alcohol. 

It is our goal to help individuals with FASD understand their disability, learn how to navigate specific areas of life, and define their life as someone who has FASD, not who they are. 

FASD Counselling and Consulting offers BC's only FASD tailored counselling services. 

Quick Fact

FASD is often an invisible disability and prevalence research faces considerable limitations, yet, prenatal alcohol exposure is considered the most common known cause of developmental disability in the western world.