Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a collection of interrelated syndromes that occur in children born to mothers who ingested alcohol during her pregnancy. The occurrence of FASD is 1 in 100 in the Canadian population.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (2004) states that FAS is the most common and preventable non genetic cause of mental disability in the Western world.

According to the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (2004), it is estimated that in Canada, approximately one child is born with FAS every day, and there is an estimated 1-3 cases of FASD per 1000 live births

Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS) is a limited expression of the more pronounced FAS. Individuals often exhibit the typical facial characteristics, but not the full range of symptoms.

Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) is characterized by central nervous system problems, neuro-developmental abnormalities, and cognitive and behavioural deficits.

Click here to download a FASD brochure for more information

Resources for Children and Families in Peel with FASD

Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP): 

CDRCP provides information, resources and referral information regardinging FASD diagnostic and service options for Peel Residents. Contact by phone 905-890-9432 

FASD resources through Peel Health:


Region of Peel/Health-FASD

Ontario Links: 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder-Waterloo

Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society

Canadian Links:

The Hidden Disability-A Manitoba Resource