Skip to main content



New “FASD in Review” Examines Research on Costs of FASD in the Correctional System

July 15, 2015

This month, FASD in Review examines an article that is currently in press with the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, titled “Cost Attributable to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Canadian Correctional System” (to be published in 2015). This study estimates the costs for youths (12-17 years old) and adults (18+ years old) with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the Canadian correctional system in 2011/2012. Estimating these costs is vital for quantifying the social impact of FASD and demonstrating its significance as a public health issue. To read a summary of this important new research, click here.

Part II of “Ask the Expert” Nutrition Series: Nutrition Among Newborns With An FASD

July 1, 2015

This month’s Ask the Expert is Part II of a two-part look at the importance of nutrition for pregnant women and new mothers. This month, we interview Jeffrey R. Wozniak, Ph.D., L.P., Associate Professor with the University of Minnesota (UMN) and Director of the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Clinic in UMN’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Wozniak, who was also part of the FASD Center’s three-part Webinar collaboration with MOFAS in February of 2014, examines nutrition among children identified with an FASD, and discusses his research into promising interventions for this population.

To read our interview with Dr. Wozniak, click here. To read Part I, an interview with Christina D. Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H., focused on nutritional issues for pregnant women, click here.

Updated “Healthy Baby” Booklet Series Released

June 15, 2015

The FASD Center for Excellence is pleased to announce the release of an updated version of our How to Have a Healthy Baby booklet series. The series consists of three booklets in English, accompanied by Spanish adaptations; one for men and one for women who have a friend or loved one who is pregnant, and one for providers who work with pregnant women. Each booklet provides useful guidance for preventing FASD by supporting women in remaining alcohol-free during pregnancy.

Originally released in 2004, the revised booklets now feature expanded content and graphics, updated citations, and a simplified layout for easier readability. You can download the booklets for free and disseminate them to friends, family members, or your personal provider; they can also be printed and used as education/training handouts or in rack displays in providers’ offices.

Visit our Fact Sheets, Booklets and Manuals page and look under “Booklets” to read more and download the series for free.

2015 FASD Awareness Day Packet Now Available

June 15, 2015

September 9 is celebrated annually as International FASD Awareness Day, to promote education and awareness about these 100% preventable disorders. To mark this event for 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Arc of the United States, and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) and its affiliate networks to revise and update their 2014 FASD Awareness Day Packet. The newly released 2015 Packet contains a variety of materials design to assist in the planning of awareness and education events.

Included in the 2015 Packet is a fact sheet about FASD, a sample news release and newsletter article, a sample proclamation (which you can submit to your governor to request official recognition of FASD Awareness Day), sample social media messages that you can share, and a list of print and multimedia resources and materials on FASD that you can hand out at events or share online.

To download the 2015 Packet, click here. Be sure to use the Packet’s hashtag – #FASDay – to link FASD messages and activities together. We also encourage you to visit the FASD Center Web site regularly as FASD Awareness Day 2015 approaches, particularly our Events Calendar and FASD Awareness Day pages, to see our soon-to-be-revised FASD Awareness Day materials and learn about activities for 9/9.

New “Ask the Expert” Examines Nutrition and FASD

May 29, 2015

This month, Ask the Expert begins a two-part look at nutrition as a vital issue for pregnant women and new mothers. Our first part features an interview with Christina D. Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H., a member of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) and Director of the Center for the Promotion of Maternal Health and Infant Development at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Chambers, who was also part of the FASD Center’s three-part state capacity building Webinar series in the Spring of 2014, discusses key nutritional issues for pregnant women, her FASD research and awareness efforts, and general pregnancy health issues.

To read our interview with Dr. Chambers, click here. And check back in the coming weeks for Part II of this series, an interview with Jeffrey Wozniak, Ph.D., L.P., on nutrition for newborns identified with an FASD.

“Ask the Expert” Contributor Spotlighted By Special Olympics

May 29, 2015

Our regular readers may already know the story of Andrew Peterson. Andrew was diagnosed at an early age with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Yet, he has become an accomplished competitive runner, a winner of multiple Gold medals in the Special Olympics, a speaker and coach, and a recent finalist for the cover of Runner’s World magazine.

For our January 2015 Ask the Expert column, Andrew and his father Craig shared their story with us. Now, Special Olympics has posted a brief, moving video tribute to Andrew’s determination and competitive spirit. Click here to see the video on YouTube, and click here to revisit Andrew’s inspiring Ask the Expert column.