September 9 is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day

Northumberland County Council announced that September 9th will be recognized as FASD Awareness Day – a day to reflect and remember those who are impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

 A presentation was made to Northumberland County Council, at their August 26, 2020 meeting by Rebound Child & Youth Services and a caregiver from the Northumberland FASD Caregiver Support Group. Council Members viewed this initiative as deserving of immediate attention, and a proclamation was declared that September 9th will be recognized annually in Northumberland County as FASD Awareness Day.

 “FASD is a lifelong disability and those impacted need continuous support,” said Carol Beauchamp, Executive Director at Rebound. “September 9th is an important day to generate the awareness and support needed for those experiencing FASD.”

 Since 1999, the 9th day of the 9th month (September 9th) has been recognized as International FASD Awareness Day worldwide. This day is devoted to raising awareness of FASD, to better the prevention, diagnosis, support, and education for people experiencing FASD. By recognizing this day within Northumberland County, the community has committed to the care and support of all its residents, including those experiencing FASD and their families.

 “We’re encouraging community members to participate on September 9th by wearing red shirts and painting red shoes on rocks, which is a symbol of FASD. Then we ask that you place the rocks around your community to help spread the word,” said Michele Leggette, Case Manager at Rebound.

 Quick facts about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD):

 For more information and to learn about Northumberland’s FASD Caregiver Support Group, contact Rebound at www.rcys.ca.

 About Rebound Child & Youth Services Northumberland

Rebound Child & Youth Services Northumberland (Rebound) is a non-profit charitable organization providing mental health supportive services, literacy and learning help, parenting support, and youth justice diversion services. Rebound has been responding to the changing needs of children and their families in Northumberland County since 1997 by offering innovative early interventions and supports to those we serve. We believe that all children and youth have the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential. Their success is our priority. For more information, visit www.rcys.ca.

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