Rangatahi and tamariki affected by FASD experience physical, behavioural, emotional and learning difficulties that affect their interactions within education, health and justice settings.
Get ready to start conversations in September!
The ninth day of the ninth month symbolises the nine months of pregnancy, and events to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are held globally throughout the month of September.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, we have the privilege of being the first in the world to mark it!
Key messages for 2022:
FASD is a lifelong disability caused by exposure to alcohol while in the womb.
Red shoes are the international symbol for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness, and thousands of people around the world wear them on September 9.
Whilst it is wonderful to have an international campaign to support, we are interested in creating an Aotearoa-specific one for 2023 — so you don’t have to wear red shoes to take part in raising awareness around FASD!
It aims to raise awareness of FASD, how to prevent FASD, and the support people and families living with FASD need to thrive.
Alcohol Healthwatch is a national charity dedicated to reducing and preventing alcohol-related harm through effective health promotion. FASD-CAN is a national charity supporting those living with FASD. FASD-CAN aims to educate and provide strategies for those living with FASD.