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Should fetal alcohol spectrum disorder be classed a disability?

Date posted: 23 September 2013

Every day somewhere in Australia, a baby is born who will endure a lifetime of hardship because of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD is an entirely preventable condition and can have a big affect on families. Alcohol can cause damage to the unborn child at any time during pregnancy, leading to brain damage and life-long learning and development problems.

In Fiztroy Crossing, Western Australia, an Aboriginal community is working with some of the country's top doctors to both identify the extent of the problem and to educate families on how to prevent it. They're also pushing for the ailment to be officially recognised as a disability so families can get more help and care.

Source: 7.30 report, Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Last updated: 25 March 2014
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