Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

What is fetal alcohol spectrum disorder?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is among the leading causes of cognitive and developmental disability among children in Canada.  It is caused by maternal ingestion of alcohol during pregnancy. Approximately 1 in 100 hundred Canadians are affected by FASD.

Ontario is committed to supporting children and youth with complex and special needs to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.  As part of this commitment, we are working to improve the experiences and outcomes for individuals affected by FASD across their lifespan.

To guide our work we established an expert group of FASD researchers and clinicians. Interviews are being conducted with a number of key stakeholders from across Canada to seek evidence-based feedback and expertise to inform the strategy.

FASD Provincial Roundtable Report

Ontario hosted province-wide roundtable sessions to engage with service providers, advocates, families, caregivers and individuals affected by FASD. We listened to the challenges they faced and learned about what they believe is required to better meet their needs.

Read the FASD Provincial Roundtable Report from the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services. The report provides a summary of what we heard through our engagement.

The province-wide roundtable sessions have now concluded. We would like to thank all those who participated.

Programs and Services

Aboriginal Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Child Nutrition Program

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

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Special Needs Strategy