Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day


WHEREAS, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) includes a wide range of irreversible neurological disorders caused by alcohol exposure in utero. The most severe of these effects, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), is marked by permanent neurological, cognitive, and physical problems; and

WHEREAS, one in ten pregnant women consume alcohol, and the prevalence of FAS and FASD combined is one percent of all births; and

WHEREAS, FAS and FASD are the leading preventable known causes of intellectual disability and birth defects; and

WHEREAS, the lifetime cost to care for a person with FAS is estimated to be at least two million dollars; and

WHEREAS, each year, the ninth day of the ninth month serves as a reminder to women around the world that alcohol consumption should be avoided during the nine months of pregnancy; and

WHEREAS, the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center of Excellence within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office of Substance Abuse Services of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services are participating in International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 9, 2016, as FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.