What is FASD?
FASD is an umbrella term describing a range of effects that can occur in a child exposed in utero to alcohol which causes permanent brain damage. FASD is a major cause of learning disabilities, school failure, homelessness, and unemployment. Individuals with FASD are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system.
Research indicates 1-in-20 children in the U.S. are afflicted with FASD. This is largely an invisible disorder with only 15% showing signs of a disability. FASD is commonly misdiagnosed as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. It is more prevalent than Autism, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, and Spina Bifida combined.
Thousands of adults are struggling with this disorder today, including many of whom have never been diagnosed. They fall between the cracks and are unable to access services or support of any kind.
Only 15% of adults with FASD have the ability to live independently.