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Our network connects individuals & families to
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) supports in South Alberta

FASD Programs
Community Resources

We believe in

ConnectingCollaborationAwarenessPrevention

Our network connects individuals & families to
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) supports in South Alberta

FASD Programs
Community Resources

Hello, we’re here to help you.

 The South Alberta FASD Network delivers FASD-informed services across the region. Funded agencies use a holistic, client-focused approach to work with their community partners in the delivery of culturally appropriate services to all residents.

Our Network is comprised of community agencies and organizations that deliver FASD-related supports and services. We provide:

Assessment & Diagnosis

Assessment and diagnosis
of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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Supports & Services

Targeted prevention and support services for individuals with FASD and their caregivers

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Awareness & Prevention

Educational training in basic FASD, awareness of the disorder, and its prevention

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What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. It is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges and will need special supports to help them succeed with many different parts of their daily lives.

Myth: FASD is readily apparent from a person’s looks.2021-03-08T16:45:21-05:00

The Truth: You often can‘t tell if someone has FASD just by looking at them.

Less than 10% of people with prenatal alcohol exposure have visible facial differences, as there is only a short period of time during the pregnancy when alcohol affects facial features. That is why FASD may be viewed as an “invisible disability.”

Myth: It’s okay to drink in moderation during pregnancy.2021-03-08T16:48:21-05:00

The Truth: There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. Experts recommend that the safest option is no alcohol at all.
ZERO alcohol is safest
But there are a number of reasons someone may drink during pregnancy, including:

  • Not knowing the risks of drinking during pregnancy
  • Not knowing they are pregnant
  • 
Using alcohol to cope with trauma or violence
  • 
Pressure from a partner
  • Substance use challenges

Go alcohol-free if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or having unprotected sex.

Myth: Behaving appropriately is a choice. People with FASD just need to try harder.2021-03-08T16:51:31-05:00

The Truth: The brain damage associated with FASD makes it difficult if not impossible for individuals to control their behaviour. It is not a choice.

People with FASD may experience many challenges. Approximately 90% of people with FASD will experience mental health challenges at some point.

Myth: FASD affects children and adolescents. It’s something they eventually outgrow.2021-03-08T16:53:01-05:00

The Truth: FASD is a permanent, life-long disability that often creates greater challenges in adulthood, when its behavioural consequences become less acceptable.

FASD is a WHOLE BODY DISORDER; it affects both the brain and the body.

Myth: A father’s alcohol consumption prior to conception can cause FASD.2021-03-08T16:55:02-05:00

The Truth: The only known cause of FASD is a woman’s consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. However, expectant fathers can play a key role in prevention by supporting their partners in the decision not to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

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There is no safe time, no safe kind,
and no safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy.

In Alberta, FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) programs and services actively encourage that drinking no alcohol during pregnancy is best – no exposure equals no risk. These programs address prevention, awareness as well as supports for diagnosis/assessment and a variety of supports to individuals with FASD and their families.

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