Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Alcohol can hurt the brain and body of an unborn baby and cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a serious lifelong condition that impacts both the individual and their family. A child with FASD becomes an adult with FASD, facing birth defects, developmental and learning delays and social, educational, and employment challenges.
The IHE Consensus Development Conference on FASD: Across the Lifespan, was held October 7 - 9, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta. This conference, with its unique and compelling "jury trial" format, examined the following questions:
- What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and how is it diagnosed?
- Do we know the prevalence and incidence of FASD in different populations and can the reporting be improved?
- What are the consequences of FASD on individuals, families and society?
- How can FASD be prevented?
- What policy options could more effectively support individuals with FASD and their families across the lifespan?
- What further research into FASD is needed?
The Honourable Anne McLellan (former Deputy Prime Minister and federal Health Minister) lead a distinguished jury of citizens and experts in developing a consensus statement with practical policy recommendations based on these questions.
Dr. Gail Andrew (Scientific Chair of the Expert Panel; Pediatrician and Medical Director, Glenrose FASD Clinical Services; Member, Board of Directors, Canada Northwest FASD Research Network) lead an expert panel in presenting available scientific evidence to the jury during public sessions to help with their deliberations.
IHE will hold two additional conferences on FASD in Edmonton in September 2013:
- A Consensus Development Conference on Legal Issues of FASD - September 18-20
- The First International Conference on Prevention of FASD - September 23-25
For more information, please go to www.fasdedmonton2013.ca