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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness and Prevention Month

FASD is 100% preventable!

DODD works closely with agency partners in the Office of Health Transformation (OHT) in support of Ohio's FASD initiatives to promote a clear message of prevention, enhance early detection and referral for services, and increase effective and evidence-based intervention strategies. The Department jouns OHT partners in observing September 9th as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. This day was chosen to mark the ninth day of the ninth month of each year to remind people, worldwide, that women should sustain from alcohol during the nine months of pregnancy.

In July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners released a toolkit to help communities raise awareness about FASD. Pre-natal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of life-long birth defects and developmental disabillities, including cognitive impairments. The kit includes information about how to access additional materials on the subject, and more detailed information about the incidence of FASD, and how alcohol use during pregnancy affects infants.

In the US alone, FASD affects more than 40,000 infants each year. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a general umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. Early diagnosis and treatment for FASD can help affected children reach their fullest potential, lesson secondary issues, and help family members to better understand the issues.

For more information and up-to-date FASD news and resources:

To view the resolution by Governor John Kasich, Click Here





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