September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month
FASD Awareness Month is an expansion of FASD Awareness Day that has been held each year on September 9th since 1999.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) can occur when a developing baby is exposed to alcohol before birth. FASDs are physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a lifetime. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are completely preventable if a developing baby is not exposed to alcohol before birth.
In recognition of FASD Awareness Month, please:
- Read and share the CDC Feature on FASDs
- Participate in the FASD Twitter chat on September 13 at 1 pm ET. The chat will be hosted by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (@NOFAS_USA). NCBDDD (@CDC_NCBDDD) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (@ACOGNews) are partnering on it. Please use the hashtag #FASDchat to participate in the chat by asking questions, retweeting, and adding your messages on FASD prevention and treatment.
- Check out local FASD-related events by visiting http://www.nofas.org/2016-fasd-awareness-month-events-and-activities/