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Questions regarding a cure for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are very common. Unfortunately, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders / FASD cannot be cured. The brain damage that occurs to an unborn baby when a pregnant woman consumes alcohol cannot be changed or reversed. However, people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders / FASD can function very well in life, when given the right support and resources. Support includes a stable and loving home, and/or a job coach and placement program.

What we cannot change about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders / FASD are called Primary Disabilities and include:

  • Facial Features Associated with FAS
  • Height and Weight (small in stature)
  • Brain Damage (learning disabilities, memory problems, poor impulse control, etc.)

Secondary characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders / FASD are the ones that can be prevented when we deal with the Primary Disability properly. Secondary characteristics can include:

  • Mental Health Problems
  • Disruptive School Experience
  • Trouble with the Law
  • Confinement (includes jail, mental health and chemical dependency treatment)
  • Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
  • Alcohol/Drug Problems
  • Dependent Living
  • Employment Problems

Find more information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in our resource section.


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