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FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD)

FASD affects everyone.

FASD affects everyone.

Our network connects individuals & families to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) supports in South East Alberta

FASD Programs

Connecting & collaborating with each other

Connecting & collaborating with each other

Through dynamic partnerships and collaboration of its members, the South East Alberta FASD Network (SEAFAN) Society provides a comprehensive, coordinated response to FASD to individuals and families within the region, including a full continuum of services across the lifespan which are culturally appropriate and sensitive to individual, family and community diversity.

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FASD Supports & Programs

Supports are available, accessible and meaningful to every person affected by FASD.

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FASD Awareness & Prevention

FASD is a lifelong disorder, meaning that the only time to actively prevent it is during pregnancy.⁠

Prevention Conversation

What is FASD?

FASD is an acronym for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. FASD is a complex, brain and body disability that can result when a fetus is exposed to alcohol prenatally.

FASD is a lifelong disability with no “cure,” but individuals with FASD can achieve success if they have access to the appropriate supports and services.

Safest not to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

In Alberta, FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) programs and services actively encourage that drinking no alcohol during pregnancy is best – no exposure equals no risk. These programs address prevention, awareness as well as supports for diagnosis/assessment and a variety of supports to individuals with FASD and their families.

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Myths vs Truths

What we know about FASD

Myth: FASD is readily apparent from a person’s looks.2022-10-25T18:20:41-06:00

The Truth: You often can‘t tell if someone has FASD just by looking at them.

Less than 10% of people with prenatal alcohol exposure have visible facial differences, as there is only a short period of time during the pregnancy when alcohol affects facial features. That is why FASD may be viewed as an “invisible disability.”

Myth: It’s okay to drink in moderation during pregnancy.2022-10-25T18:21:21-06:00

The Truth: There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. Experts recommend that the safest option is no alcohol at all.
ZERO alcohol is safest
But there are a number of reasons someone may drink during pregnancy, including:

  • Not knowing the risks of drinking during pregnancy
  • Not knowing they are pregnant
  • 
Using alcohol to cope with trauma or violence
  • 
Pressure from a partner
  • Substance use challenges

Go alcohol-free if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or having unprotected sex.

Myth: Behaving appropriately is a choice. People with FASD just need to try harder.2022-10-25T18:22:08-06:00

The Truth: The brain damage associated with FASD makes it difficult if not impossible for individuals to control their behaviour. It is not a choice.

People with FASD may experience many challenges. Approximately 90% of people with FASD will experience mental health challenges at some point.

Myth: FASD affects children and adolescents. It’s something they eventually outgrow.2022-10-25T18:22:51-06:00

The Truth: FASD is a permanent, life-long disability that often creates greater challenges in adulthood, when its behavioural consequences become less acceptable.

FASD is a WHOLE BODY DISORDER; it affects both the brain and the body.

Myth: A father’s alcohol consumption prior to conception can cause FASD.2022-10-25T18:23:29-06:00

The Truth: The only known cause of FASD is a woman’s consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. However, expectant fathers can play a key role in prevention by supporting their partners in the decision not to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

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