International FASD Awareness Day, featuring Dr Brenda Stade

“Each year on Sept. 9, RNAO recognizes International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day to promote and improve prevention, diagnosis, and support for people living with this disorder and their families. FASD is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of individuals who were exposed to alcohol in the womb.

At 9:09 a.m. local time every Sept. 9, one minute of silence is observed around the world. This time and date represent the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month, since human gestation is typically nine months.

In Canada, the estimated incidence of FASD each year is nine in every 1,000 live births. And, FASD affects approximately four per cent of Canadians – more than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome combined.”

Learn more from RNAO (Canada, September 2022). RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

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