FASworld is an international alliance of parents and professionals who do not want to see any more children, teenagers and adults struggle with birth defects caused when their mothers drank alcohol in pregnancy. Co-founded by volunteers in Toronto, Canada, and Tucson, Arizona, it has resulted in the creation of the Canadian organization, FASworld Canada, which continues to work with the FAS Community Resource Center
Meet families and professionals working together to build awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Individuals struggling with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders may be diagnosed with:
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS),
- Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) — formerly known as Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE) —
- Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD),
- Alcohol-Related Birth Injury (ARBI) or
- Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS).
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. The term FASD is not intended for use as a clinical diagnosis.
Psychologists and psychiatrists often assess individuals with FAS disorders as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder or Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) — but are often unaware that the real problem is permanent neurological damage caused by prenatal alcohol.
People with prenatal alcohol exposure have a high risk of mental disabilities, learning disabilities, early school drop-out, juvenile delinquency, trouble with the law, alcoholism, drug addiction, unemployment, homelessness, poverty, incarceration, and mental illness. As many as half of all adults with some form of FASD have depression and a significant percentage of those have attempted suicide. With early diagnosis and treatment, many of these “secondary disabilities” could be prevented.