News Release - September 7, 2007
PROVINCE SUPPORTS FASD PREVENTION
The Government of Saskatchewan today strengthened its commitment to the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder by contributing $50,000 to a project aimed at increasing awareness of the disorder.
The money will go to the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute (SPI) to assist in the development of phase two of the Youth Action for Prevention Project, which will focus on the production and distribution of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevention resources designed for youth.
Saskatchewan Health has already contributed $43,000 to the first phase of the project.
On Sunday, International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day will be observed around the world.
"We recognize Saskatchewan community groups are working hard to address FASD," Healthy Living Services Minister Graham Addley said. "We are committed to supporting their efforts as part of our strategy to deal with cognitive disabilities."
"Prevention programs for youth are more effective when youth are consulted and involved in their creation," SPI program co-ordinator Laurie Brand said. "We thank Saskatchewan Health for the contribution and its recognition that youth can make a difference in the prevention of FASD."
FASD is caused when mothers drink alcohol during pregnancy. There is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. FASD is the leading cause of developmental disability among Canadian children.
Saskatchewan Health, together with other departments, has implemented a Cognitive Disabilities Strategy intended to prevent FASD and support individuals and families affected by cognitive disabilities.
As part of this initiative, assessment and diagnostic services and prevention programs have been enhanced and the province has boosted support for families and caregivers.
The SPI is a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness and educate others about the prevention of conditions that disable children.
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