FASD Day was first celebrated in 1999. It is a day devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD. Throughout the month of September, events are held across Canada in recognition of FASD Day. However, one day is not enough.
Join us, CanFASD and the other FASD Networks in Alberta and across Canada, in having conversations about FASD today and everyday!
Here are some facts you can share about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD):
Language shapes the way we view the world. Historically, language used to describe individuals with FASD has resulted in further discrimination and stereotyping. When talking about FASD, use language that highlights the strengths and abilities of individuals with FASD rather than focusing on the challenges they experience. Here are some resources to help you develop strengths-based messaging when talking about FASD:
CanFASD Common Messages: Guideline for talking & writing about FASD 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. Click here to download.
CanFASD Language Guide This guide is intended to provide alternative words or phrases for those commonly found in news media and other public communications. These alternatives should be used to promote the dignity of those living with FASD and their families. Click here to download.