What is FASD?
FASD is an umbrella term describing a range of effects that can occur in a child exposed in utero to alcohol. FASD is a major cause of learning disabilities, school failure, homelessness, and unemployment. They are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system.
Each year as many as 100,000 babies are born with FASD in the U.S. The majority of those affected show few, if any, physical signs of disability. Because some symptoms are similar, FASD is commonly misdiagnosed as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. FASD is more prevalent than autism, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida combined.
Thousands of adults are living with this disorder today, including many of whom have never been diagnosed. They fall between the cracks and are unable to access services or supports of any kind.