What is FASD Awareness Day?

Posted by JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon on 16 August 2015

International FASD Awareness Day is observed annually on September 9th.  Proclamations are issued in countries, states, provinces, and towns all around the world.  Bells are rung at 9:09 a.m. in every time zone from New Zealand to Alaska.  People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  The first FASDay was celebrated on 9/9/99.  This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.  It takes a whole community of support for us to embrace healthy pregnancies and support our expectant moms.  We each need to do our part - individually and collectively.  Family Place will be paying special attention and sharing information with families during the week of September 7 to mark this important date - but please remember that anytime is a good time to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).