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Kentucky's Prevention Enhancement Site for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders:
Funded by Kentucky's Division of Behavioral Health and Managed by Bluegrass Regional MH/MR Board Inc.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

This set of words means different things to different people.

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To a pregnant woman,
it means that she chooses not to drink for the health of her baby.
To a doctor,
it means sifting through information to come to a correct diagnosis.
To a teacher,
it means learning to look at behaviors in a different way.
To a parent or caregiver,
it means trying new things and reaching out for help.
To a couple planning a pregnancy,
it means thinking ahead and avoiding alcohol.
To a pregnant woman with alcoholism,
it means courage to ask for help.
To a community,
it means responding with compassion, understanding and new eyes.

Every single one of us can make a difference.

Did you know that alcohol can affect an unborn baby even before a woman knows she’s pregnant? Do all the people in YOUR life know this fact? Alcohol is the most damaging substance to a developing baby – it causes more damage to the fetal brain than crack, heroin, tobacco or prescription drugs. Prevention begins before conception.  It’s time for all of us to step closer, to do our part.

Did you know that a person with FASD can have a typical IQ and look like everyone else, but have serious brain dysfunction that interferes with the ability to successfully get through the day? Do all the people in YOUR life know this fact? Babies and children with FASD grow into adults with FASD. This invisible disability is often misunderstood as a behavior problem, and many people living with this brain difference receive judgment instead of support. It’s time for all of us to step closer, to do our part.

The Challenge

YOU can create change in your corner of the world. Learn everything you can about FASD issues and bring this information to the people around you.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts — adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. (Clarissa Pinkola Estes, 2003)