THE ARC TAKING LEAD ON EDUCATING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ON FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS WITH NEW FEDERAL GRANT AWARD
Grand Rapids, Mich. - October 9, 2014 - - The Arc Kent County is proud to join forces with FASD prevention champions to reduce the incidence and disability caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. We are pleased to announce a new initiative, The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention project recently awarded to The Arc United States by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of the project is to support health care professionals in reinforcing the message that no alcohol is safe during pregnancy and encourage the use of FASD prevention strategies.
According to The Arc, FASD is the single most common cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and learning disabilities.
"The Arc is looking forward to the opportunity to bring information to Kent County and the medical community about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy at any stage," said Tammy Finn, The Arc Kent County Executive Director.
For more information about the FASD Prevention Project, go to thearc.org.
Fore more information about The Arc Kent County program, visit our page.