Students are Drumheller Valley Secondary School got a lesson in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders on Sept. 8. Growing Families Society of Drumheller visited the school to offer preventative information to students about F.A.S.D.
"Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the term given to disabilities experienced by people who have been exposed to alcohol while in the womb," explained Lisa de Laforest of Growing Families Society.
"A lot of their challenges are with brain activity, it is a full body disorder so there are physical disabilities as well," continued de Laforest. "More and more studies are focusing around disabilities as a whole body, rather than just a brain."
De Laforest said that between five hundred and seven hundred babies are born with F.A.S.D. each year in Alberta.
"It is 100 per cent preventable, so it's good for the young people to learn about it and carry that knowledge forward."
Sept. 9 is International F.A.S.D. Awareness Day. Growing Families Society will be at the Drumheller's Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 9 with another information booth.