FASD is the most common preventable cause of developmental disability. An estimated 4-5% of children in the U.S. have some form of FASD, making it 2.5 times more prevalent than autism spectrum disorder.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, and understudied. Individuals with FASD and their families also face persistent stigma, negative stereotypes and harmful biases, due to public misunderstandings.
Less than 10 percent of individuals with FASD have the associated facial features — short palpebral fissures, smooth philtrum and thin upper lip. It is an “invisible disorder.”
Many people with FASD experience lifelong functional, behavioral, and mental health difficulties.
Research shows that with the right supports, individuals with FASD can live productive and successful lives. Without diagnosis, understanding, and appropriate supports, individuals may experience less favorable circumstances such as homelessness, incarceration, or death.
FASD MONTHLY SUPPORT SERIES
Are you struggling with the numerous challenges related to FASD? You don’t have to go it alone.
Orchids is pleased to offer monthly virtual support meetings to discuss these challenges and brainstorm potential approaches and solutions in a peer discussion series.
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RunFASD 2021 Virtual 5K
Want to help us get the word out about FASD? Want to help support NOFAS while getting some exercise? We do! Come join us in the RunFASD 2021 Virtual 5K from September 9th through the 15th.
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Next week, the National FASD Collaborative Project is hosting two free webinars on FASD. The Project is a new FASD care and advocacy organization working in the United States. The first webinar, "FASD in a Nutshell," will cover the basics of FASD: what causes it,...
Beginning at noon on Saturday, September 25, 2021, Orchids FASD Services will be hosting a socially-distanced FASD Family Picnic at Rock River Park in Johnson Creek. Please bring your own food and lawn games to share. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to...
It's September, which means it's time to celebrate FASD Awareness Month. The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, NOFAS, will host a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 21 from 1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m. Central Time to mark the occasion. NOFAS will partner...