Workshop to Address Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder on Community of Chatham-Kent
1 in 100 babies in Canada is affected by alcohol consumed by women during pregnancy. Alcohol consumed during pregnancy can permanently change the developing brain, resulting in a wide range of learning and behavioural difficulties, as well as physical deformities and growth issues. This range of disabilities is known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Rates are not tracked in Chatham-Kent, but using the Canadian incidence rate of 1 in 100 results in a possible 1,100 cases of FASD in Chatham-Kent.
Statistics show that as children with FASD move into adulthood, they are more likely to develop depression, trouble with the law, drug or alcohol problems, relationship difficulties, difficulty living on their own, and trouble keeping a job. This has a direct impact on Chatham-Kent’s education, social services, health care, and justice system, in addition to the impact on families and individuals directly affected by FASD.
What: Key facts and issues on FASD, how it affects our community, what our community can do to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy and how our community can support those affected by FASD
When: Thursday October 20, 2011
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Speakers: Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox, adoptive parents of a child with FASD, co-founders of FASworld Canada, national presenters and advocates for promoting awareness and understanding of FASD. Bonnie is the author of “Damaged Angels”, a book about their experiences raising a child with FASD.
Location: Club Lentinas, 250 National Road, Chatham ON
Registration: www.ckphu.com or 519.352.7270
For more information contact 519.352.7270, ext 2451.