Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness
Effective Date: Thursday, September 9th, 2010
WHEREAS, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) continues to be the leading cause of mental disabilities in Alaska, the United States, and all of the Western world; and
WHEREAS, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are 100 percent preventable by women not drinking any alcohol during the full nine months of pregnancy; and
WHEREAS, an estimated 15.8 births per 1,000 in Alaska are affected by disabilities resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol, or approximately 158 babies annually; and
WHEREAS, FASD is a major cause of numerous social disorders including learning disabilities, school failure, juvenile delinquency, homelessness, unemployment, mental illness, and crime; and
WHEREAS, the lifetime costs in medical care, special education, specialized services, and lost productivity are estimated to be $1.5 to $3 million for each individual with FASD; and
WHEREAS, recognizing the importance of protecting our children and providing them with opportunities for the future, and recognizing the tragic impact of FASD in our communities, it is crucial that every mother makes the commitment to not drink while pregnant, and that all Alaskans encourage and support healthy prenatal choices.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim September 9, 2010 as: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day in Alaska, and encourage all citizens to promote public awareness and understanding of the effects of prenatal exposure to
alcohol, enhance our statewide prevention efforts, increase compassion for affected individuals, and to ensure healthier communities across Alaska for generations to come.
Dated: August 31, 2010
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by Monica Charles Leinberger, FASD/Behavior Specialist
Prenatal exposure to alcohol causes permanent brain damage that will never go away.
Only occurs when birth mother drinks alcohol while pregnant.
Executive Functions deficits: socially inappropriate, poor problem solving skills, poor planning and transitioning, poor working memory, problems with regulating emotions, poor judgment.
FAS is the leading cause of mental retardation.
Most individuals with FAS have normal intelligence.
Hope: With the right support, an individual with FASD can be successful.
If you have any questions or concerns about FASD, please contact Monica Charles Leinberger at (907)543-4944 or