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Shining a Light on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

A upcoming open house at the Thames Valley District School Board Education Centre is set to shine a light on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; also known as FAS-D.

OXFORD COUNTY - The FASD ELMO Network is inviting the public out to an upcoming open house at the Thames Valley District School Board Education Centre.

The event will shine a light on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and how it can impact someone's life. 

Co-Chair Craig Read says FASD is preventable, as long as mothers don't consume alcohol while they are pregnant.

"There is no safe time, no safe amount and no safe kind of alcohol to drink while considering pregnancy or if you think you are pregnant because it will affect the fetus and infants brain."

FASD is a neurological disorder that can impact the child's judgement and adaptability throughout their life. In some cases it can also impact the child's facial features.

Read tells Heart FM FASD can be hard to diagnose.

"There are a lot of individuals that are affected, most of whom are not clinically diagnosed because it's so difficult to get diagnoses. Most individuals are misdiagnosed six to nine times with other impairments before they might finally get a diagnosis." 
Studies say FASD impact one in four students today.

The open house will take place between noon and 1:30pm on Friday September 8th.

The FASD ELMO Network serves Elgin, London, Middlesex and Oxford and you can find more information on their website.
 

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