Tuesday 8 September 2015

September 9th is FASD International Awareness Day - A Great Chance to Learn More!

Tomorrow, September 9th, is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day.  FASD is the only wholly preventable neurodevelopmental disability - we need to create awareness in order to eradicate the devastating effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.  I've blogged about FASD before - and I hope to continue telling stories of families effected by this range of disorders.  If you are an FASD caregiver or you know someone who is, google FASD International Awareness Day and your city.  I sit on the NeuroDevNet Board of Directors (NeuroDevNet is dedicated to supporting research in the area of children's brain development) and we are helping to spread the word HERE!  Here in Ottawa, where I live, this is what we're doing!

Launch of new initiative in Ottawa for people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

What    Fetal Alcohol Resource Program Launch

When   September 9th, 2015 at 9:30 am

Where  Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 299 Montreal Road

Who     Brian Tardif, Executive Director, Citizen Advocacy Ottawa,         
FASD Coalition of Ottawa and people affected by FASD and their families

Why     Citizen Advocacy Ottawa is launching a two-year project with an overall aim to increase capacity to identify and meet the needs of children, youth, adults and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

September 9th is International FASD Awareness Day when people all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the lifelong challenges of individuals and families who struggle with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The first FASD day was celebrated on 9/9/99. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.

Citizen Advocacy Ottawa is a small but powerful registered charity and is one of the few organizations that support people of all ages across the disability spectrum and their families – those with physical, intellectual, developmental, psychiatric and age-related disabilities.

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