FASD Awareness Walk

12 Sep, 2020

FASD Awareness Walk – An Uplifting, Fun, and Informative Walk to Celebrate People with FASD

Every year, ABLE2 hosts a 0.9 km walk in downtown Ottawa in support of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The event typically coincides with International FASD Awareness Day that is observed all over the world on September 9th (the 9th day of the 9th month) to represent 9 months of pregnancy.

Over 100 people, including families and friends of people with FASD, medical practitioners, caregivers, local FASD program partners and media will gather to spread the word about FASD, debunk common myths, highlight local support programs and resources, and bring hope for early diagnosis and intervention.

FASD affects +/– 1.5 M Canadians – There is no safe amount and no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. We all have a role to play!

Event Details

The 2020 event took place on September 12, 2020. Details on plans for the 2021 event will follow!

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.

Our Impact

The Ottawa FASD Awareness Walk was inspired by Red Shoes Rock, an international awareness campaign giving voice and support to those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Since 2017, Ottawa’s FASD Awareness Walk has attracted more than 400 participants from the National Capital Region.

“What I love about the FASD Awareness Walk is the connections we make as families and caregivers who are loving and walking for our loved ones who are diagnosed with or suspected of having FASD. It is an opportunity to meet and get to know others who know what it is all about day to day”

Joyce Hamelin, Mother


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