International FASD Awareness Day, September 9th

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day is an annual event of profound significance, observed worldwide on September 9th and 2023 marks the 24th year since its inception. FASD Awareness Day is more than just a date on the calendar; it’s a global call to action, an opportunity to educate, advocate, and change lives.

A 24-Year Legacy

FASD Awareness Day has a remarkable 24-year legacy, tracing its origins back to 1999 when it was first initiated by visionary advocates Bonnie Buxton, Brain Philcox, and Teresa Kellerman. Since its inception, this day has grown into a global movement, bringing together individuals, communities, and organizations to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

The Symbolism of September 9th

Why September 9th, you might ask? The significance lies in its symbolism. FASD Day is held on the 9th day of the 9th month to emphasize the vital importance of alcohol-free pregnancies. This simple yet powerful message underscores the responsibility we all share in protecting the health and well-being of future generations.

It also highlights the importance of supporting women and gender-diverse individuals, ensuring they have the capacity and resources to abstain from alcohol during pregnancy. Addressing the complex reasons behind prenatal alcohol exposure is crucial. By providing comprehensive support, we can empower expectant parents to make informed choices

Local Recognition in Alberta

While International FASD Awareness Day is celebrated globally, it is essential to acknowledge the local efforts and recognition it receives. In Alberta, a significant step towards raising awareness and addressing FASD occurred when Jason Nixon, the Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services, officially declared September 9th as FASD Awareness Day in the province.

This declaration underscores Alberta’s commitment to supporting individuals and families affected by FASD. It also reflects the province’s dedication to ongoing research, prevention, and intervention efforts to combat this complex issue.

Let us use this day to educate, advocate, and make a difference in the lives of those impacted by FASD.

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