Awareness & Action
2017 International FASD Day Awareness Campaign
Our mission here at FAFASD is to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) through education, support and research-based training to family members, caregivers, and professionals living with, caring for, and working with individuals with an FASD. This year leading up to International FASD Awareness day on September 9th and all throughout the month of September we are painting FASD Rocks like the ones shown here and leaving them in public places around our communities.
Why? Did you know that studies have shown as much as 5% of the school age population has been affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Exposure to alcohol before birth leaves lifelong neurodevelopmental damage. People affected need specific support from their families, caregivers and society but most of society has no idea what FASD is. It is a hidden epidemic. We encourage you to join us in our mission!
How? Find and paint a rock in an eye-catching way. We’ve chosen to focus on Brain imagery because it highlights the invisible brain damage caused by fetal alcohol exposure, you can too or be creative – show us how you see FASD. There are a few simple rules we hope you will follow:
- Please don’t take rocks from yards or landscaping without permission.
- After you paint your rocks paint (or firmly attach a note to) the bottom telling people how they can find more information about FASD.Your note should read:
For more information about FASD see FAFASD.org
(you can print this out and Modge Podge it on)
- Take pictures of your rocks and post them in our Facebook Group
- Distribute the rocks throughout your community!
- Post pictures of any you may find when out and about!
Past awareness campaigns/visuals – feel free to copy and use whatever you find here:
FAFASD is an organization for families, loved ones, caregivers, professionals, and individuals impacted by FASD. We live and breathe awareness every minute spent living with FASD.
Most awareness campaigns around FASD focus on prevention. Prevention is important, but living with FASD is an entirely different, and equally important, if not more important to those of us directly impacted by this brain-based disorder.
Parents, loved ones, caregivers, professionals, and individuals with an FASD are welcome to use any of these images in unaltered form.
2015 FASD Awareness Month:
2014 FASD Awareness DAY/Month:
We are joining in the Red Shoes Rock campaign to raise awareness of FASD. Red Shoes Rock is the brainchild of R.J. Formanek, an FASD educator and self-advocate living with FASD. Red Shoes = invisible no more. Red Shoes = pay attention! Red shoes = FASD is PEOPLE.
During the month of September we’ll be posting Red Shoes Rock image. Feel free to use them to spread the word!
Other Awareness Images:
Please scroll down the page for a variety of images designed to help spread awareness about FASD. Use them however you would like, but please link back to this website whenever possible.
Need a way to explain to others exactly what FASD is? Feel free to print out our postcard-sized mini-poster and hand it out. Actual postcards of this poster will be coming soon. Click here for higher quality PDF version.