Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD, also known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome- FAS) is the name given to a group of conditions that a person can have if their mother drank alcohol while she was pregnant. These conditions include physical symptoms and intellectual disabilities, as well as problems with behavior and learning.  FASD is a grouping of conditions, including:  fetal alcohol syndrome, fetal alcohol effects, alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder, alcohol-related birth defects.  FASD affects the brain, and the characteristics of FASD change as a child grows.

What do I need to think about for my child’s IEP?

To be eligible for special education services, the child has to meet eligibility requirements for one of Michigan’s thirteen categoriesAccommodations and modifications are part of the IEP process, and there are specific considerations for a students with FASD to be successful in the classroom.  A few helpful articles:

Remember to visit our website for more info on the IEP process.

Is there some technology that can help my child?

Assistive technology is a related service listed in IDEA.  Technology is a key to leveling the playing field for individuals with disabilities.  Check out the TechMatrix for suggestions for finding educational and assistive technology products for students with disabilities. Learn more on our Assistive Technology webpage.

Where can I find support?

Connect with a Local Community FAS Projects, like Michigan Coalition for Fetal Alcohol Resources Education and Support and U of M FASD Clinic.

National organizations include

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