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.  


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.

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.



Click here for more details and to register for the event.



Information and links covering a wide range of FASD-specific topics and world-wide resources.


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

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Research Exploring Effects of PAE on Anxiety

Marvin Diaz, an associate professor with Binghamton University in New York State has been awarded a grant to study the effects prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) on anxiety. While it is believed that PAE contributes to one's susceptibility to anxiety, there is...

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National FASD Collaborative Project: October, 2021

This month, the National FASD Collaborative Project plans to host three webinars in their year-long series. Orchids Communications and Training Director Jackie Wille will give the first presentation, entitled "Job Coaching for Workers with FASD" (October 8,...

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NOFAS Changes Name

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) was established in 1990 in order to create a national network of activists, families, and nonprofits in the United States, in order to address the unmet needs of Americans who had been prenatally exposed to...

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