Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that result from prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can lead to physical abnormalities, cognitive difficulties, neurodevelopmental deficits, behavioral problems, deficits in social skills, medical issues, and secondary disabilities. FASD is highly prevalent (1 in 20) and the most common leading cause of preventable cognitive impairment, developmental disabilities, and birth defects in the United States. FASD is preventable by avoiding alcohol use during pregnancy.
To increase awareness of the impact of alcohol-exposed pregnancies, collaborate with agencies to establish resources, coordinate interventions and diagnostic services for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.