Individuals with FASD have difficulty with assessment, judgment, and reasoning, and often repeat the same mistakes multiple times because of their disabilities. They also do not understand the consequences of their actions. These behavioral impairments make someone with FASD more likely to make bad decisions, trust the wrong people, and get in trouble with the law. A large number of people with FASD do not mature socially beyond the level of a 6 year-old, which makes them vulnerable to manipulation and coercion. (U.S. National Library of Medicine) (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

The following statistics are from the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome:
  • Over 60% of people with FAS over the age of 12 have been charged with a crime
  • 55% of people with ARND will be confined to a prison, psychiatric institution, or drug/alcohol treatment center
  • 95% of people with FAS also have a mental illness

For our newsletter and blog this month we are discussing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The blog topics for this month are:

  • What is FASD (6/5/15)
  • FASD: Who is at risk? (6/12/15)
  • What are the effects of FASD? (6/19/15)
  • FASD: Legal Implications (6/26/15)

Note: To see all posts in this topic, click here

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