A Message from the Director of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
Welcome to the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont's website on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In collaboration with our colleagues, we provide professional development and resources for the Vermont community including women, families, educators, healthcare providers, and other professionals in an effort to provide awareness of FASD.Did you know:
- FASD is the leading known preventable cause of intellectual disabilities and birth defects.
- FASD affects 1 in 100 live births or as many as 40,000 infants each year.1
- 62.4% of women between the ages of 18 and 44 in Vermont report any alcohol use, and 21.1% report binge-use of alcohol. This places Vermont as the fourth highest state in the US for any alcohol use and the second highest for binge-use of alcohol (ranking shared with Nebraska).1 These data indicate that Vermont may have an unreported higher incidence of FASD than other states.
- The 10th Special Report to the U.S. Congress on Alcohol and Health estimated the annual cost of FAS in 1998 to be $2.8 billion. A recent report estimated that the average lifetime cost for one individual with FAS was $2 million in 2002. People with severe problems, such as profound intellectual disabilities, have much higher costs.2
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are 100% preventable. Yet, the latest figures from the Center on Disease Control reveal 0.2 to 1.5 cases of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) occur for every 1,000 live births in certain areas of the United States and specialists believe that there are at least three times as many cases of FASDs as FAS.1 We believe that children, youth, and adults with FASD and their families deserve and benefit from early identification, wraparound support services, as well as educational, community and family supports.
Thank you for visiting our site. We hope you find the resources and professional development on this site useful.
Dr. Susan Ryan
Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention. FASD Data & Statistics.
- Lupton C, Burd L, Harwood R. Cost of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C (Seminars in Medical Genetics) 2004;127C:42-50
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