Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term that describes the full range of harm that can cause birth defect by maternal alcohol consumption in pregnancy.
Welcome to the website of the Hamilton FASD Community Initiative. The Initiative is comprised of three groups – Hamilton FASD Task Force, Hamilton FASD Community Resource Team, and the Hamilton FASD Leadership Team. Information about each group is easily accessed by hitting the tabs in the menu bar above.
Hamilton has been a leader within Ontario in promoting the work related to FASD in the community. This is evident by offering the community and beyond dynamic speakers at our conferences, promoting awareness through creative formats on September 9 – FASD Day, implementing a skilled Resource Team ready to provide case conferences, and group training to the community at large.
The Hamilton FASD Community Initiative is pleased to be part of FASD ONE – Ontario Network of Expertise. Through this partnership we share provincially our successes and ideas in order to promote the needs of the FASD community within our province.
What is FASD?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term that describes the full range of harm that is caused by alcohol use in pregnancy. If a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, her baby may have:
- brain damage
- vision and hearing difficulties
- bones, limbs and fingers that are not properly formed
- heart, kidney, liver and other organ damage
- slow growth
How many people have FASD?
FASD affects approximately 1% of people living in Canada. This means that there may be about 300,000 living in Canada today with FASD. People of all ages may be affected.
Supporting Success for Adults with FASD – created by Community Living B.C. Supporting-Success-for-Adults-with-FASD
Five Ways to Support Siblings in Special Needs Families – publication by Child Mind (the info is intended for all special needs families and not specific to FASD – however it provides some good info, and reminders, well worth reading!) how-to support-siblings-special-needs-families
Info on FASD Diagnosis process and Info on obtaining a FASD diagnosis – info links have been added to our support website http://hamiltonfasdsupport.ca/9.html
Info on obtaining Respite Services (respite providers, place provider search request, info to obtain respite funding, etc) respiteservices.com/
Summer Camps and the SailAble program–click here to be redirected