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Today is FASD Awareness Day!

Today, The Arc of North Carolina and Proof Alliance NC announced that Governor Roy Cooper has signed a state proclamation recognizing September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month. In North Carolina, 56% of women drank alcohol before becoming pregnant and 14% continued drinking during pregnancy. This means an estimated 16,600 babies are born in NC with alcohol exposure each year. In North Carolina, 44% of all pregnancies are unplanned. Studies show that up to 1 in 20 US school children may have an FASD, a rate that is higher than autism.


“It’s important for the public to understand FASD and the dangers of drinking while pregnant,” said Lauren Borchert, Program Coordinator, Proof Alliance NC. “This is a developmental disorder that is 100% preventable.”


NOFAS Featured Article: If Not Now, When? Five Steps to Get FASD on the Nation’s Radar Screen

 A new article from Bonnie Rubin states, “With a renewed sense of urgency, here are five strategies to empower families and raise the profile of FASD. Consider this a call to action.”

 Read article, HERE!



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NOFAS Hosts Twitter Chat for FASD Month!

 Join NOFAS for a special Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 21 at 2:00pm ET for FASD Awareness Month. 

Please use #FASDMonth. 

Partners for the Chat include ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).


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ROADS TO RESILIENCE: Identifying FASD in Court-Involved Youth


When:  Thursday, October 14th 2:00 - 4:00 PM PST

This Free Webinar via Zoom is Presented by the University of San Diego School of Law's Children's Advocacy Institute and will feature leaders in the FASD field such as, Dr. Kenneth Jones, Judge Gaston and Deputy Public Defender, William Edwards.

To register, click HERE!



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The National FASD Collaborative Project Launches Free, On-going Webinar Series

The National FASD Collaborative Project has launched an on-going webinars series, starting this month,  FASD Awareness Month!

FASD in a Nutshell

September 20, 2021

12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presenter: Susan Elsworth, Executive Director INOFAS and NOFAS Affiliate Network Coordinator

Webinar sponsored by Indiana NOFAS (INOFAS)

FASD in a Nutshell is an introduction to prenatal alcohol exposure that defines FASD, explains the disorders on the spectrum and symptoms associated with FASD, as well as shares systems of care that are impacted. Participants will be able to: 1) define FASD; 2) identify disorders on the spectrum; and 3) recognize symptoms.

Click HERE, to register!


Educational Care for Children Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

September 23, 2021

7:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presenter: Molly N. Millians, D.Ed.

Clinical Education Specialist, Emory University Neurodevelopmental Exposure Clinic

Webinar sponsored by Emory University

This webinar covers the effects from prenatal alcohol exposure on neurodevelopment as well as social and environmental factors that would impact learning and school functioning. The presentation examines the effects from prenatal exposure to alcohol as a risk factor and reviews ways to address the potential negative impact on learning. Discussion will include how to incorporate diagnostic and observational information to determine types of effective interventions to address learning challenges experienced by many children affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Lastly, the webinar will discuss effective, evidence-based interventions developed for children affected by prenatal alcohol exposure as well as for other disabilities to support school success.


Click HERE, to register!



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TV News Program Asks, "Why Should Moms Avoid Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy?"

 CBS affiliate KUTV in Utah reports, “The Utah Department of Health wants to remind women how important it is to avoid alcohol during their 9 months of pregnancy.”

 To see the interview, click HERE.







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Lauren Borchert, BS
NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program

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