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FASD Awareness Day

Every year on September 9, communities throughout the United States and the world observe FASD Awareness Day. Events are held at 9:09–the 9th minute of the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month of the year. This date and time is used to remind women not to drink during the 9 months of pregnancy.

The first FAS Awareness Day was held on 9/9/99. Since then, the Federal government and many State and local governments have officially recognized FASD Awareness Day. Individuals, organizations, and communities have been active every year organizing events and special ceremonies to promote awareness and increase compassion for individuals with an FASD.

You can learn how to promote awareness about FASD, by visiting the links below.

You can get a proclamation signed by your mayor or Governor, organize a Town Hall meeting, or ask a local church to ring its bells. There are a lot of great ways to spread the word.

To see what has been done in the United States to spotlight this important health issue in the past, please visit our FASD Awareness Day 2008 page and 2009 page. More information is available from the following Web sites:

Remember, FASD is 100 percent preventable. FASD Awareness Day is an important day with an important message, but we can spread that message all year long!