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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

If you are pregnant, or are planning a pregnancy take a pregnant pause...
any alcohol consumed during your pregnancy can be harmful to your baby.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is among the leading causes of cognitive and developmental disability among children in Canada. Based on the World Health Organization FASD prevalence study, led by Dr. Lana Popova, FASD prevalence amongst elementary school students’ likely ranges between 2-3 per cent.

Ontario is focused on providing better results and better lives for people affected by FASD. We are putting Ontarians first by raising awareness about FASD and providing resources and support. We are improving the coordination of services, enhancing supports and ultimately, improve the quality of life of those affected by FASD.

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a term that describes the harm caused by alcohol use during pregnancy.

If alcohol is consumed during pregnancy, a baby may have:

A child with FASD may have mild or serious problems with:

There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy.

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Our commitment

Ontario is putting families first and working to improve outcomes for children, youth and the families affected by FASD,by informing Ontarians of the following supports and services:

FASD online portal

FASD Ontario is an online, accessible and bilingual website that has a directory of FASD information, a searchable directory of Ontario FASD services, a listing of learning events and a FASD news feed.

Community-based FASD workers

FASD workers provide information, develop service plans, help families access services, and connect individuals to support networks and diagnostic services, as available. FASD workers are in each of the Special Needs Coordinating Agencies in service delivery areas across the province.

FASD/Child nutrition program

The Indigenous FASD/Child Nutrition Program focuses specifically on FASD prevention and support for Indigenous children, youth and families. The program is designed and delivered by 21 Indigenous service providers across 180 communities in Ontario.

Family/Caregiver support groups

Support groups bring together families and caregivers at a community level for peer support, information sharing and awareness activities. Funding is being made available for existing groups to continue their work, and to establish new groups in order to increase local access.

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Learn more and get connected

Learn more about available supports, services and coordinated service planning through Special Needs Coordinating Agencies.

FASD Ontario

Learn more on the FASD Ontario website:

Alcohol free pregnancy

There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. Give your child the best start and learn more about why and how to have an alcohol-free pregnancy.

Programs and services for indigenous families

The Indigenous Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Child Nutrition Program is a program provided by Indigenous organizations across the province for families with children and youth who may have been affected by alcohol before birth.

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