It is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day in Manitoba… Officially.

WHEREAS Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure that can lead to lifelong physical, mental, and behavioural difficulties, as well as learning disabilities;

AND WHEREAS recent studies suggest that close to 4% of Canadians live with this disorder;

AND WHEREAS it is often difficult to diagnose FASD and diagnosis, treatment and support require an interdisciplinary team approach;

AND WHEREAS it is important to bring attention to the risks of prenatal exposure to alcohol, raise awareness of the impact of FASD on individuals and communities, and encourage all Manitobans to learn more about the disorder and its effects;

AND WHEREAS International FASD Awareness Day is held each year on September 9, which represents the ninth day of the ninth month of the year to symbolize the nine months of pregnancy;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day.

In each year, September 9 is to be known throughout Manitoba as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day.

You can find the entire THE FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER AWARENESS DAY ACT here.