The FASD Respect Act needs your support!

What is The FASD Respect Act? 

It could just be the legislation that could change the lives of those impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders! 

And it needs your support!

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Meeting the lifelong needs of adults affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.
  • 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.  

 

Click here for more details and to register for the next meeting.

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Print and Web-based training on FASD leading to “FASD-informed Provider” certification.

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