Start the Right Conversation: Common Language and Common Messaging Guides on FASD

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As we all get ready to Rock our Red Shoes and help inform our communities about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, it is essential that our conversations promote dignity, help to reduce the stigma often experienced by those with FASD, their caregivers and families, and communities, and spread factual information about prevention, assessment/diagnosis, and interventions.

Two guides are available that can help us rock the right FASD conversations. Just click the images to download!

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The language guide provides dignity-promoting alternatives to stigma-inducing words or phrases commonly used in society. The Looking After Each Other project proposes the language within the guide be used in an effort to promote the dignity of those with FASD and their families.

The guide is intended to be a living document that will change over time as the Looking After Each Other project continues to reflect on the use of language as a tool to promote dignity for everyone impacted by FASD.

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The purpose of this document is to assist those writing and talking about people with FASD or the issues related to the disability to use the same statistics, framing of topics, and language. The outcome over time will be an improved understanding by the reader/listener with consistently using these suggestions. This is a living document and areas will be updated as it is informed by the research.

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