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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.
FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD may experience challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, emotional regulation, and social skills.
Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.
We all have a role to play in preventing FASD and supporting people who are living with the effects of FASD to experience quality of life.
It's essential that all professionals, agencies, services and communities work together to support people with FASD and their whānau.
The ongoing development of a skilled and supported workforce is essential to achieve this.
We have developed a range of resources to support frontline professionals to recognise and respond to FASD.
We hope these resources contribute to more consistent and collaborative partnerships in local communities, and better outcomes for people with FASD and their whānau.
We would like to acknowledge the people with FASD, whānau members and professionals who contributed to the co-design process in developing these learning resources and for generously sharing their experiences and expertise.