Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Across the Lifespan
About the FASD - Across the Lifespan Consensus Development Conference
7 – 9 October 2009
Alcohol can hurt the brain and body of an unborn baby and cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a serious lifelong condition that impacts both the individual and their family. A child with FASD becomes an adult with FASD, facing birth defects, developmental and learning delays and social, educational, and employment challenges.
The IHE Consensus Development Conference on FASD: Across the Lifespan, was held October 7 - 9, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta. This conference, with its unique and compelling "jury trial" format, examined the following questions:
- What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and how is it diagnosed?
- Do we know the prevalence and incidence of FASD in different populations and can the reporting be improved?
- What are the consequences of FASD on individuals, families and society?
- How can FASD be prevented?
- What policy options could more effectively support individuals with FASD and their families across the lifespan?
- What further research into FASD is needed?
The Honourable Anne McLellan (former Deputy Prime Minister and federal Health Minister) led a distinguished jury of citizens and experts in developing a consensus statement with practical policy recommendations based on these questions.
Dr. Gail Andrew (Scientific Chair of the Expert Panel; Pediatrician and Medical Director, Glenrose FASD Clinical Services; Member, Board of Directors, Canada Northwest FASD Research Network) led an expert panel in presenting available scientific evidence to the jury during public sessions to help with their deliberations.