Selfadvocatenet.ca is in support of September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder month
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FASD Awareness Did you know
Why Red Shoes?
The FASD community wears red shoes to bring attention to FASD. The Red Shoes Rock movement was founded in 2013 by RJ Formanek, an adult with FASD. For him, red shoes were a sign of individuality and uniqueness. Through collaboration with organizations and communities all over the world, Red Shoes Rock continues to make a positive impact and bring attention to FASD globally.
WE like to try help educate public on this important awareness that People living with disabilities are faced with unique challenges every day, especially those whose disabilities are surrounded by stigma or shame.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disability that approximately 40,000 people in B.C.
Please be mindful to respect those that are living with this disorder that not their fault help in area that can be aware about disorder
To start what is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges and will need special supports to help them succeed with many different parts of their daily lives.
2023 Theme is Uniting Our Strengths: Finding Solutions Together
BC Govt statement
Minister’s statement on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention and Support Month
Victoria Saturday, September 9, 2023 8:00 AM
Mitzi Dean, Minister of Children and Family Development, has issued the following statement in recognition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention and Support Month:
“People living with disabilities are faced with unique challenges every day, especially those whose disabilities are surrounded by stigma or shame. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disability that approximately 40,000 people in B.C. live with each day. Sadly, the unique experiences of those living with FASD often get overshadowed by misunderstanding and inadequate information, making the lives of those navigating this journey even more difficult.
“September is FASD Prevention and Support Month. This month serves as a dedicated period to raise awareness, foster understanding surrounding the challenges faced by the people and families affected by FASD, and supports prevention approaches. It is also a time to recognize and celebrate the strengths that these individuals bring to our communities.
“The theme for this year’s FASD Prevention and Support Month – Uniting our Strengths: Finding Solutions Together – resonates deeply with me and highlights the need for a collective effort to understand, support and uplift children and families affected by FASD.
“I am deeply moved by the reality that children with support needs, particularly those affected by FASD, have often been underserved. I am delighted to announce a $250,000 grant for the Inspire Kids – FASD Support Society of BC, an organization dedicated to supporting those affected by FASD. Inspire Kids’ work with families of children living with FASD aligns with our vision to create an environment where every child can thrive and reach their full potential. This funding will help them extend their reach and continue to provide invaluable support to families of children with FASD in B.C.
“My ministry is committed to continuing to provide responsive support to families and children with support needs. As a powerful reminder of our commitment to stand beside those affected by FASD and raise awareness for FASD Prevention and Support Day, B.C.’s Parliament Buildings were lit with red on Sept. 1.
“As we journey through FASD month and mark FASD day, let us remember that FASD affects each one of us. FASD is not just a medical term, it is a journey that uniquely affects each individual, shaping their world in complex ways.
“As minister of children and family development, I am committed to ensuring every child and family has access to the supports they need to live a full, happy and healthy life. We will continue taking action to increase access to underserved children and youth with support needs alongside our efforts to spread awareness, share knowledge and support those whose lives are touched by FASD.”
This is on BC Govt website go to the link here
Govt of Canada statement
Message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day
September 9, 2023 | Ottawa, Ontario | Health Canada
Each year we mark Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day and FASD Awareness Month to raise awareness about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, highlight prevention and support efforts, and encourage individuals to learn more about FASD and its impacts.
The theme for this year’s FASD Awareness Month is Uniting Our Strengths: Finding Solutions Together. The impacts of FASD are far reaching in all parts of our communities and collaboration is important as we seek adapted solutions.
FASD is a lifelong disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure that can affect both brain and body development. It is the leading cause of preventable developmental disabilities in Canada. The only way to fully prevent FASD is to avoid drinking alcohol, in any amount and at any point during and when planning a pregnancy. While there is no cure, services and supports play an important role in managing FASD.
Individuals with FASD can face many mental health challenges, which can include anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as difficulties with substance use, among others. Early and appropriate support can improve mental health outcomes for people with FASD, enhance their quality of life, and allow them to reach their full potential.
Supporting Canadians with FASD, their families and their caregivers is essential. We are working with partners to advance action on FASD awareness and prevention, including through the FASD National Strategic Projects Fund (NSPF), which provides $1.5 million annually to national projects focussed on prevention, education and knowledge exchange.
Unfortunately, FASD is not always well understood by the wider community. That’s why raising awareness is key. This FASD Month, you can support those living with FASD by learning more about the disorder. We encourage you to use the hashtag #FASDMonth2023 to raise awareness and share inspiring stories about FASD in your community.
If you or someone you know is pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you can support them by going alcohol-free with them, encouraging them not to drink alcohol, and planning non-alcoholic activities.
The Honourable Mark Holland, P.C., M.P.
The Honourable Ya’ara Saks, P.C., M.P.
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Mark Holland
Minister of Health
Press Secretary and Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health
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