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Legal Issues of FASD – Proceedings from a consensus development conference (Table of Contents)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is of growing concern around the world. A range of disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol, FASD is estimated to affect 2% to 5% of all newborns in the industrialized countries of Europe and North America, and the rates may be significantly higher in some developing countries and certain defined populations. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that FASD is more prevalent in cultures in which awareness of FASD is limited and alcohol use during pregnancy is a social norm and in populations challenged by poor socioeconomic conditions. The physical and intellectual impairments associated with FASD have an impact not only on the lives of affected individuals and their families, but also on systems of health care, education, social welfare, and justice in countries throughout the world.
This book contains presentations and discussions that took place at the 2013 consensus development conference on legal issues related to FASD organized by the Institute of Health Economics in Edmonton, Canada.
Although many of the data, facts, and experiences presented here by researchers and other experts are from North America, the questions and challenges that FASD poses in the context of legislation and the administration of justice are essentially the same in any jurisdiction.
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