Information about FASD

Information about FASD

Learn about FASD topics such as general information, advocacy, school/education, transitioning to adulthood and personal stories from people with FASD.

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Find your nearest Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder services such as FASD support groups, FASD Workers, Indigenous-specific services, diagnostic services and FASD Action Networks. Support groups that have received subsidies are listed here.

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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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