International FASD Awareness Day - September 9

September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. 

This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of each year, the world will remember that during the ninth months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from alcohol. The first awareness day was celebrated on September 9, 1999.

A packet of materials to help you plan your FASD Awareness Day activities. The materials in this packet (sample news release, proclamation, and social media messages) have been designed to be customizable for different target audiences, and can be printed, delivered electronically, or added to websites for distribution.

You can down load the packet from the Frontier Regional FASD Training Center.

This packet was developed through a collaboration between several organizations that work to educate and train providers as well as promote the health and treatment of women and children. The contributing organizations are:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • The Arc of the United States
  • CDC-funded FASD Regional Training Centers and CHOICES Partners
  • The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
  • NOFAS State Affiliate Network

What you can do

  • Use the tips in the packet to get a proclamation from your State official recognizing FASD Awareness Day (sample proclamation is included in the packet)
  • Use the press release/sample article in your media messages, and through distribution lists, newsletters and other communication channels to raise awareness of International FASD Awareness Day on September 9. 
  • Use the social media messages in the packet to raise awareness of this topic on and around September 9. Use the hashtag #FASDay to follow each other's messages.
  • Download or order new materials from CDC on the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy and FASDs to use in community events.

Let's work together to spread the word about FASDs and the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy by sharing our FASD Awareness Day activities! NOFAS will be posting everyone's events on their website so please send information through this online form on what your community is planning to do for FASD Awareness Day. Your ideas can help others in their planning. 

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Through the materials and resources in this packet, the collaborators intend to raise awareness of the risks associated with alcohol use during pregnancy and the impact of FASDs on individuals, families, and society. Thank you for joining us in these efforts!