September is FASD Awareness Month

September marks the annual observance of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month, and NOFAS has a full slate of activities planned throughout the month to draw attention to the disabilities associated with prenatal exposure to alcohol, drugs, and other substances known to harm human development before birth.

NOFAS, its partners, and the international FASD community are advocating for greater awareness and investment in FASD services and prevention, recognition of FASDs among practitioners, professionals and policymakers, and for all parents-to-be to take a nine month break from alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other harmful substances.

FASD Awareness Month began in 2015, expanding on the successful International Awareness Day–recognized each year on the ninth day of the ninth month, September 9, representing the nine months of an alcohol-free pregnancy–founded in 1999 by Teresa Kellerman, Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox.

Check out what NOFAS has planned and how you can get involved in September 2017’s FASD Awareness Month!