Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) refer to a collection of diagnoses that represent the range of effects that can happen to a person who was exposed to alcohol before birth. The effects are lifelong and can include physical, behavioral, and learning challenges. These conditions can affect each person in different ways, and can range from mild to severe.
Based on the National Institutes of Health-funded community studies, experts estimate that the full range of FASDs in the United States and some Western European countries might number as high as 1 to 5 per 100 school children (or 1% to 5% of the population)1 and recognized as a worldwide public health issue and a growing epidemic.
This year’s conference focuses on the lifelong challenges of people and families affected by FASD. Our goal is to increase the community’s support, understanding, and response to those affected by FASD and to prevent FASD altogether. FASD affects all of us and our systems of care. Collectively, we can make a difference.
Goals and Objectives
On the premise that every person deserves the right to a purposeful and meaningful life, the goals of this conference are to:
- Develop an FASD-informed workforce in all sectors of the state
- Create multidisciplinary teams to provide a comprehensive assessments, diagnoses, interventions, and support system for individuals and families affected by FASD.
- “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
Everyone: parents, medical, mental health, and substance abuse professionals, administrators, personnel at DOH, DHS, DOE, and the Judiciary, legislators, and anyone willing to help people with FASD reach their highest potential.
ADAD has approved 6.0 credits for full attendance at this conference. There is no charge for these CE hours. ADAD CE Registration Approval #ADAD-24-008.
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