WHAT IS FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a diagnostic term for the neuro-developmental and/or physical impairments resulting from brain damage caused by alcohol exposure before birth.
The condition is lifelong and largely a hidden disability.
People with FASD have impairments that negatively impact on their development and affect their ability to think, learn, focus attention and control behaviour and emotions. They may also be impulsive and often have low self-esteem and mental health problems. These impairments may also lead to problems at school, socially unacceptable behaviour, alcohol and other drug use, and early interactions with the justice system.