2018 UPDATE: While in most countries, FASD is still used as an “umbrella” term, Canada in 2015 (Day 25 of 99 Days to FASDay: Diagnostic Categories) and now Australia use Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as a diagnostic term.
According to the Prevention Conversation: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a complex range of brain injuries that can result when a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy.
Among the known causes of cognitive disabilities in North America, FASD tops the list as a life-long condition with no cure – one that occurs in all segments of society.
According to the Kids Health Brain Network:
FASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure. Individuals with FASD can experience complex behavioural and intellectual problems that persist throughout the lifespan and can become increasingly complicated if unsupported. The need for early and accurate diagnosis is critical for improving outcomes and quality of life.
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