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Posted on: September 4, 2019

[ARCHIVED] September is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Awareness Month

Pregnant woman refusing a glass of wine

Westmoreland County BH/DS and the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission are working together this September to raise awareness for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month. Did you know? 1 in 100 babies have FASD, nearly the same rate as Autism.  FASD is more prevalent than Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, SIDS, Cystic Fibrosis, and Spina Bifida combined. Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects, developmental disabilities, and learning disabilities.

There will be an information table available in the main courthouse lobby with a special “BreakFASD” item on 9/9/19 and the table will remain up all week with additional information. Also, be sure to check out the courthouse walkway where you will see the giant FASD letters from Pennsylvania Ave. Then peruse the walkway from inside where you will find more facts and information on the window displays. Join us as we come together to raise awareness, promote education and share the message that women who are, or may be pregnant, should abstain from alcohol. 

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