FASD: 1 in 20 May Have FASD

FASD the numbers are just the tip of the iceberg…
~it has been said before~

Today’s graphic was inspired by Mackie and Furry when he decided that we needed to put a Red Shoes Rock star on Antartica and it’s icebergs.

FASD is the tip of the iceberg. What we do not see can hurt.

When I first went to a started learning about FASD in the early 2000’s they talked about FASD and the tip of the iceberg.  The graphics showed the iceberg peaking out from the ocean waters.  Under the surface the huge hidden ice mounds with only a little bit showing.  Today I am thinking about it in another context.  

FASD is much bigger issue for our children/adults than we were ever lead to believe.

We see just a few of those who are affected above the surface. It is the hidden numbers that are astronomical and much higher than those affected by autism.

There is a conversation about Autism. The world has been talking autism and the growing numbers. Some say one in 68 or more depending on the recognized source. Society was and is concerned. Thank goodness. 

We must continue to start the conversation about Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol.

The previous estimates of FASD are around 1%.  To compare, Autism’s estimates are at 1.5%. The new studies are showing the numbers are much higher than realized and hard to document.

Over 6,500 children evaluated

But the latest numbers coming out from an NIH Study published in JAMA, Feb. 6, 2018 — Prevalence of FASD in 4 US Communities.  https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2671465

Over 6,500 children were evaluated. The most conservative estimate for FASD ranged from 1 to 5 percent, or 1 in 20 students.  When scientists looked at this rate and compared the remaining unevaluated first-graders in these communities, the overall FASD estimate ranged from 3 to 9.8 percent among the study sites.

FASD Prevalence Chart
Thank you to NOFAS.org for this chart. Article available at https://www.nofas.org/about-fasd/

An April 2018, a Study out of Canada conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), estimates the prevalence of FASD is between 1.8 and 2.9 per cent in Canada.

It is time for the World to wake up to the facts about FASD.

  • FASWorld rang bells around the world beginning on 9.9.99 at 9:09 and starting in NEW ZEALAND
  • The International community united in a conversation about FASD with the 2015 Too Young to Drink Campaign which taught the world about the dangers of prenatal alcohol exposures.

Now it is time to wear our Red Shoes and join Mackie running around the world to not only talk about prevention but also diagnosis, supports, intervention and find hope and help for those who are affected by FASD.

Mackie’s trivia: Fetal Alcohol Information System (FAFIS) organized in 1991 published a quarterly educational newsletter to explore and expose more than just the tip of the iceberg of FASD. It was a parent professional partnership ahead of it’s times.



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