Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

FASD group forming in Maine

FASD Group Forming in Maine!

This past Monday, Sept. 6 — in recognition of international FASD awareness day — saw the launch of FASD Maine, a group for anyone affected by or involved with fetal alcohol in Maine.  

If you are interested in being involved with or following their work, you can join their new Facebook group here:

Alcohol Use During Pregnancy Can Lead to Lifelong Effects - see text below for image description

FASD Infographic Text: 

Alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to lifelong effects.

Up to 1 in 20 US school children may have FASDs.

People with FASDs can experience a mix of the following problems:

Physical issues

  • low birth weight and growth
  • problems with heart, kidneys, and other organs
  • damage to parts of the brain

Which leads to…

Behavioral and intellectual disabilities

  • learning disabilities and low IQ
  • hyperactivity
  • difficulty with attention
  • poor ability to communicate in social situations
  • poor reasoning and judgement skills

These can lead to…

Lifelong issues with

  • school and social skills
  • living independently
  • mental health
  • substance use
  • keeping a job
  • trouble with the law

Drinking while pregnant costs the US $5.5 billion (2010)

Sources: CDC Vital Signs, February 2016. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 2015

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Maine Developmental Disabilities Council
225 Western Avenue, Suite 4
Augusta, ME 04330
Phones: 207-287-42131-800-244-3990