FASD is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. I am an adoptive mother of a child affected by the bio mother's drinking during pregnancy. I am part of the board of directors for FASworld Canada a national organization for FASD. We are getting organized to lobby for changes to the services and supports for those affected by FASD and the secondary disabilities caused by the mother drinking during pregnancy. FASD is the only preventable disability there is. Alcohol during pregnancy cause organic brain damage and almost always damages the central nervous system and the sensory processing system. Currently 1 in 9 babies born in Canada are affected by alcohol during pregnancy.
Sorry for the soap box, there are way too many people (doctors included) don't know this also include many that are affected themselves and always wondered why they could not do anything right and why they are different from everyone around them. If you or someone you know has further questions there are a few really good websites to more information: FASlink Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society Home Page www.fasworld.com
I home-school our daughter because of her Sensory Processing Disability. She is one of the ones that has acute hear and an inability to processes out back-ground sounds. The school systems are set up in a way right now that is to drug them. I am not against the use of medications to improve the quality of life, but these children are drug to the point that they are not functioning to their peak potential. This and many other issues is what we at FASworld Canada are working towards to change for those affected with FASD.