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September is FASD Awareness Month
For news and events, see our announcements on the right of the page. Or, go to the national NOFAS site at www.nofas.org.

International FASD Awareness Day
September 9, 2015

A day to support and honor individuals who are affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Click here to go to the official page and learn more.

View a video from FASSTAR:
Faces of Hidden Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Know the facts

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are 100% preventable!
  • Alcohol can have a devastating effect on a baby’s developing brain.
  • An estimated 1 in 100 newborns in the U.S. is affected with some form of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).
  • Help is available, and treatments can support a person to achieve better quality of life.

Fetal alcohol syndrome is a brain-based condition that causes a wide range of disabilities that may affect intelligence, social interactions and/or learning. Despite research that clearly measures how prevalent the disorder is, it receives little attention from health organizations in Illinois or the nation.

Where to turn for help

Services and resources are available to you or your family member who has FASD.

Families often feel overwhelmed by the challenges of FASD. Often, these challenges are negatively impacting the family member’s educational, medical, interpersonal and employment growth and development. In addition to information and resources, NOFAS Illinois can assist you to advocate effectively for your child or other person with FASD.

NOFAS Illinois offers services through the Neurofeedback, Counseling and FASD Institute of Illinois. We work with parents and guardians who have either a biological or adopted child who may have an FASD. The institute helps them to learn about negative effects of prenatal alcohol exposure that may be affecting the child’s development, learning and behavior. And, parents and caregivers can receive direct services that help the child and family work on these issues on a daily basis.

Pregnant and considering a glass of wine or beer?

Please consider this: There is no known amount of alcohol that is safe for a pregnant woman to consume. If you are looking for help to stop drinking, a listing of treatment resources in your area is available at The SAMHSA treatment locator.

Birth Defects FASD Listen and learn more about birth defects that can occur when a baby’s brain is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.

Resources for Early Detection

When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her babyThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer information about early screening for developmental disabilities, including those associated with alcohol use during pregnancy.

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