Green Mountain FASD Project to Bring FASD Awareness Day to UVM Campus
September 9, 2016 marks the 17th International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day
- By Jeanne M Nauheimer
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Awareness Day takes place this Friday, September 9th. The day is commemorated throughout the world with the ringing of bells at 9:09am, symbolizing the nine months of pregnancy. After months of fun in the sun, it is important to take a moment and consider the impact drinking can have on a developing fetus. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term used to define a spectrum of conditions caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.
Alcohol can be damaging to an unborn child at any point in development. While the level of harm can be dependent on the amount and frequency of alcohol use, there is no known safe time or amount to drink alcohol while pregnant. This means women who may be pregnant or are trying to become pregnant should avoid all consumption of alcohol to ensure that the fetus is not effected. FASD is the single most common preventable cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more about FASD, early interventions for those with FASD, and prevention, please visit the Green Mountain FASD Project’s website.