NOFAS NH, The New Hampshire Affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, is joining the cause to increase awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant. FASD Awareness Day 2015 will be celebrated on September 9, 2015 at Alumni Hall, Keene State College, Keene, NH, with an educational presentation on FASD (Fetal alcohol Spectrum Disorders) and SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention , Referral for Treatment) and a gathering of concerned individuals to celebrate local progress in addressing this vital issue.
FASDs are caused by fetal alcohol exposure when alcohol in the mother’s blood passes to the fetus through the placenta and umbilical cord. FASDs are the leading cause of neurodevelopmental disabilities and birth defects, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. FASDs are a health crisis exceeding Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and spina bifida combined. And FASDs are completely preventable.
The purpose of NOFAS NH and its national and international partners is to educate the public, healthcare practitioners and policy makers about the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy. The message is simple but crucial! There is no safe amount of alcohol or safe time to drink during pregnancy. In addition NOFAS NH advocates for identification, intervention and support services for individuals and families affected by FASD.
For more information contact www.nofasnh.org or www.nofas.org.