Kingston Network Gathers to Raise Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness

Published on: 2010/09/08 - in Releases

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Action Network in Kingston is hosting its first annual FASD Breakfast to participate in the International FASD Awareness Day on Thursday, September 9, 2010.

The breakfast will include a special bell ringing at 9:09 a.m. where all breakfast attendees will be invited to ring bells to raise awareness about the difficulty of the individuals and families who struggle with FASD. The networking breakfast will take place at the Kingston Community Health Centre, 400 Elliott Avenue, Kingston.

Every year on September 9, International FASD Awareness Day is observed. People around the world gather in events to raise awareness about the difficulty of individuals and families who struggle with FASD.

The first FASD Day was celebrated on September 9th, 1999, and the date 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.

Facts about FASD:
• FASD is a lifelong disability (developmental delays and adverse health outcomes) and there is no known treatment.
• The incidence of FASD in Canada is one in one hundred live births.
• More than 10 percent of mothers reported drinking alcohol during their pregnancy in 2005, and over 1 percent of women who were pregnant in the previous five years reported drinking more than once a week during their pregnancy.
• One-third of Canadians believe that it is safe to consume a small amount of alcohol during pregnancy.
• The annual costs of FASD in Canada are $5.3 billion, which takes into account medical, education, social services, and the costs to families.

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