Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month
is in September.
Alcohol use during pregnancy is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. FASD—the general term that encompasses the range of life-long adverse cognitive, behavioral and physical effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure—affects up to one in 20 children in the United States, and is disproportionately present among youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems.
Social work is collaborating with leaders in the professions of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, medical assistants, and nursing to prevent FASDs by improving health care practice, education, and awareness among healthcare professionals.
NASW and the other organizations urge social workers and their allies get involved in FASD Month in September by taking part in an FASD Art/Photo Contest
(submissions are due by September 3).
Also, read this FASD Awareness Month Flier
to learn about more activities during the month, including a Twitter Chat
on September 6, Thunderclap Social Media Campaign
on September 9, an a Fact of the Day.