By Jody Jordan – FASD Parent Mentor, Community Program – FASD MAPS, Wood’s Homes
September 9th is international FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) day.
People gather on the 9th minute of the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month to recognize the 9 months of pregnancy in which a woman should not drink alcohol.
In 1999, Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox of Toronto and Teresa Kellerman of Tuscon, AZ, all parents of fetal alcohol children, asked each some questions:
“What if a world full of fetal alcohol parents got together on the 9th hour, of the 9th day of the 9th month of the year and asked the world to remember that during the 9th months of pregnancy a woman should not drink alcohol?”
“Would the world listen?”
Can you be one of those people who takes a moment to think of the children, youth and adults who are affected by FASD? Can you share what you know about FASD with women you love who are pregnant?
- FASD is the leading known cause of preventable developmental disability among Canadians. It is estimated that FASD affects approximately 1% of the Canadian population.
- FASD cannot be cured and has lifelong impacts on individuals, their families, and society. Effects, including alcohol-related birth defects, can vary from mild to severe and may include a range of physical, brain and central nervous system disabilities, as well as cognitive, behavioural and emotional issues (from the Public Health Agency of Canada).
In recognition of this day Wood’s Homes FASD MAPS partnership challenges you to wear red shoes, take a photos at 9:09 am on September 9th and post them on social media using hashtags such as #redshoesrock #FASDisPeople #EverydayIsFASDDay #FAFASDsend, or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends, family and community – let’s work together!
If you are experiencing a crisis and need to speak to someone, please call our counsellors at our 24/7 Crisis Counselling Line: 403-299-9699 or toll-free: 1-800-563-6106.
Wood’s Homes is a nationally accredited mental health centre – proudly helping communities for over 100 years. Learn more at woodshomes.ca.