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Raising awareness of fetal alcohol disorders

September 8, 2017 12:15 PM
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Raising awareness of fetal alcohol disorders

Timmins Mayor Steve Black this week proclaimed Sept. 9, 2017 “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day” for the City of Timmins.

Every year on Sept. 9, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day is commemorated around the world.

Parents, professionals, individuals living with FASD and other people around the world will observe FASD Awareness Day on Sept. 9, 2017, with a Minute of Reflection at 9:09 a.m. in order that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term used to describe the wide range of physical, mental and behavioural effects that can occur when a baby is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. FASD has become the leading cause of birth defects and developmental delays in the Western world. In Canada, at least one child is born with FASD every day.

While FASD is not curable, it is preventable,” said Rachele Pelletier, program coordinator at North Eastern Ontario Family and Children’s Services and chair of the FACT Coalition. “If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or if you think there is a chance you may be pregnant, it is safest not to drink alcohol — it’s just not worth the risk.”

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