September 9, 2015
CONTACT: Britteny Howell
Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education
ANCHORAGE, SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 - With some of the highest rates of children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the nation, Alaska has become a leader in promoting FASD prevention and research. Alaskan families, non-profits, schools and leaders in the Anchorage community will come together on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 to recognize Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day in the atrium of the Anchorage School District Education Center, 5530 East Northern Lights. The event is free and open to the public from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
First Lady Donna Walker will be present to read the 2015 FASD Awareness Day State of Alaska Executive Proclamation by the Governor of Alaska and Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz will provide the Mayor’s proclamation.
Information and activities provided by over 20 organizations will raise awareness, promote resources and celebrate achievements over the last year. Featured speakers include family and self-advocates, sharing stories of how FASD has impacted their lives. In Alaska, over 160 children are born each year affected by prenatal alcohol exposure; 15 of those born with FAS.
FASD is one of the leading causes of developmental disabilities in Alaska and is 100 percent preventable. Every year in our state, proclamations are made and an event is held on the 9th day of the 9th month to bring attention to None for Nine; a slogan used to remind women not to drink while pregnant.
The 2015 FASD Awareness Day event is a collaborative effort between the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (GCDSE), the Anchorage School District (ASD), Volunteers of America (VOA), The Arc of Anchorage, Stone Soup Group and many others.