What is FASD?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term that describes the range of effects that affect  people whose mothers drank alcohol during her pregnancy. The effects can include physical,  mental, behavioural, and/or learning disabilities. These effects are often invisible and can  impact on people for their entire lifespan. No two people affected by FASD will have the same  challenges because of the wide range of effects.

How common is FASD?
Nobody knows for sure how many people are affected by FASD. Rates of FASD may be higher in  some communities or in higher risk groups. It is estimated that about 1 in every 100 people are  affected by FASD. That means there are about 300,000 people in Canada who are currently  living with FASD.

FASD is not an issue of race or culture
FASD is a concern for our communities. But FASD doesn’t happen because of race or culture. Anywhere there is alcohol, there will be people who are affected by FASD.

FASD is not caused intentionally by the mother
Many women might not know they are pregnant. Or they were unaware of the effects alcohol can have on their baby.