Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the number one cause of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in our nation. FASD's are 100% preventable. FASD is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. Each year in the U.S., as many as 40,000 babies are born with an FASD. The cost to the nation for FASD alone is about $6 billion a year. There is no cure for FASD, the effects last a lifetime.
The Arc of Mecklenburg County, along with Anuvia, The Center for Prevention Services, and Community Choices Inc./CASCADE Services are proud to be charter members of the FASD Committee of Mecklenburg, which started in 2004. Together we continue to build awareness and educate the public about FASD.
Our prevention projects include training at-risk populations about FASD, providing educational materials to professionals about FASD, and bringing public awareness around FASDs to the community through media and marketing messages.