Your source of accurate, up-to-date FASD information for Ontario
Welcome to FASD Ontario, your source of accurate, up-to-date Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) information for Ontario. This website will help you find the closest available FASD services, learn about a variety of FASD topics, read the latest FASD related news and find FASD training. We hope you visit the site often.
What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?
FASD is a diagnostic term used to describe the range of effects that can occur when alcohol is used in pregnancy. When a fetus is exposed to alcohol, the brain and central nervous system can be permanently damaged. The brain and central nervous system develop throughout pregnancy and the damage that occurs may be different for each person depending on when alcohol is used in pregnancy. FASD is a lifelong disorder that can create different challenges for each person. Challenges can occur in the following areas of development:
- Physical – birth defects and motor skills
- Mental – cognitive, memory, decision making
- Behavioural – angry outbursts, trouble getting along in the world
- Learning – poor school performance, trouble with abstract thinking
People diagnosed with FASD may share some common characteristics, but each person has their own unique strengths and challenges. Getting diagnosed early and having the right supports can improve outcomes. Find out more FASD information for Ontario
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