Proclamation - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day Sept 9th 2020

“Whereas Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in utero; and

 

Whereas each person with FASD has both strengths and individualized challenges and will require special supports and resources, throughout their lifetime, to help them succeed with many different parts of their daily lives and contribute to the community; and

 

Whereas current studies and research suggest that up to 4% of individuals in Canada have FASD (1 in 25 or 1,451,600 Canadians); and

 

Whereas throughout the world, since 1999, the 9th day of the 9th month (the 9th of September) has been observed as International FASD Awareness Day: A day devoted to raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD, and improve diagnosis, support and education for individuals with FASD; and

 

Whereas the County of Northumberland is committed to the care and support of all of its residents, including those individuals with FASD and their families;

 

Now Therefore Be It Resolved That on behalf of Northumberland County Council, I, Warden Bob Sanderson, proclaim September 9, 2020 to be FASD Awareness Day in Northumberland County.

 

Dated this 26th day of August, 2020

 

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Robert Sanderson, Warden