|FASD ~ Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder|
Dear North Carolina Librarians,
September is International FASD Month. FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, a lifelong intellectual/developmental disability caused by exposure to alcohol in utero. UNC researcher Philip May and colleagues reported a prevalence rate of 1 in 20 (Lancet and JAMA, 2018).
Unfortunately, few recognize this brain-based disability. This results in not only a missing diagnosis, but misdiagnosis with interventions that are by and large ineffective and thereby very frustrating to all involved; less than 10% have an accurate diagnosis. Many of those with FASD experience disrupted schooling, trouble with the law, alcohol and drug problems, homelessness, employment difficulties, etc.
As the only non-profit in North Carolina which seeks to create FASD informed communities across the state to empower individuals impacted by prenatal exposure to alcohol, we would welcome your assistance with this mission. Many libraries highlight months that are designated to bring attention to components of our population by featuring books, documentaries, virtual events, and displays. We hope that you will consider doing this for FASD in September.
If you need more information, such as lists of books, flyers, etc., please reach out to Kathy at email@example.com