FASD is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people exposed to alcohol in the womb  Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges and will need special supports to help them succeed with many different aspects of their daily lives.  FASD is an umbrella term for a spectrum of disorders and disabilities that impede the ability to function in daily life.

FASD is more common than autism, and occurs in greater numbers in children who are in foster care, pre-adoptive or adoptive families, and also in children whose birth mother has a history of drug abuse.

Fast Facts about FASD

  • FASD is a neurological (brain-based) disorder.
  • FASD affects learning, social and emotional skills and physical coordination.
  • FASD impairs one’s ability to access their IQ score.
  • Most individuals with an FASD have slight or no exterior facial abnormalities
  • Those with an FASD often appear more capable than they are.
  • 94% of individuals with an FASD also have a mental illness
  • 50% of individuals with an FASD have a history in a confinement setting (jail, prison, etc.)
  • 60% of people with an FASD have a history of trouble with the law
  • 50% of adolescents and adults displayed inappropriate sexual behavior
  • 61% of adolescents with an FASD experienced significant school disruptions
  • 80% of children with a full-blown FAS are in foster or adoptive placement

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is commonly misdiagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).