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There are many resources for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Here are some facts:

  • Globally, more than 1,700 infants are born with an FASD each day. (Lange S, Probst C, Gmel G, Rehm J, Burd L, Popova S. Global prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder among children and youth: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(10):948-956.)

  • FASD is a brain-based permanent disability that has wide ranging effects. Prenatal alcohol exposure may result in cognitive deficits related to executive function, learning attention, language, memory, and visual spatial reasoning. (Subramoney S, Eastman E, Adnams C, Stein DJ, Donald KA. The Early Developmental Outcomes of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: A Review. Frontiers in Neurology. 2018; 9(1108).)

  • The rates of FASDs are estimated to be nearly 1 in 20 U.S. school children. (May et al. Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in 4 US Communities. JAMA. 2018;319(5):474-482.)

  • FASD-related disorders last a lifetime.​

  • Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects in the United States. (Williams JF, Smith VC. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Pediatrics. 2015;136(5):e1395-406.)

​But, have hope! Thinking back to where we were at the outset of our journey, the following are a launchpad as you begin to learn about FASD. 

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This site is intended to provide information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. FASD is ever-changing. The content found on the pages of this website is not intended to replace or serve as a substitution for professional advice, recommendations, diagnosis, treatment, medication, therapies, or counsel by anyone in the medical, psychological, legal, or educational fields. Reference and resources to specific organizations do not constitute endorsement by the Kansas FASD Support Network.

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