In Canada 1 in 100 babies are born with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) each year in Peel Region. That translates into an approximately 170 babies in 2010 (17,000 live births reported in 2010, Peel Public Health).
FASD is a term used to describe the range of health, developmental, intellectual and social concerns that may result from prenatal exposure to alcohol. There is no cure for children with FASD, however, with early diagnosis and effective intervention, parents and service providers are better equipped to manage the affects of FASD on children and to improve their quality of life into adulthood.
Since 2005, the Peel FASD Steering Committee has been providing services with the support of a virtual Clinical Service Team comprised of two paediatricians, a psychologist, a psychometrist, three social workers, an occupational therapist, two speech pathologists and a coordinator.
For more information call the Peel FASD info line at 905-795-3530 or visit http://www.peelregion.ca/health/fasd/