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NOFASD - National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia (NOFASD Australia) is an independent not-for-profit charitable organisation and the national peak organisation representing the interests of individuals and families who are living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

The Organisation was established in 1999 by Ms Sue Miers AM as a result of her personal experience caring for a child with FASD and her struggle to find information and appropriate support services in Australia.

NOFASD Australia operated on a voluntary basis lobbying for FASD to be recognized as a disability in Australia, to advocate for the rights and interests of people living with FASD , to provide information and support to individuals and families at a grassroots level and deliver education to the service provider community.

NOFASD Australia has a large network of individuals and organisations interested in FASD. NOFASD Australia is resourced to enable the expansion of activities and ensure FASD receives due recognition in both national public policy and in practice at a population-wide level.

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Last reviewed: October 2014

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What is FASD? - NOFASD Australia

What is FASD? Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the term used to describe the lifelong physical and/or neurodevelopmental impairments that can result from fetal alcohol exposure

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Common behaviours and features - NOFASD Australia

Common behaviours and features The common behaviours and features of a child with FASD may include the following, but can vary from child to child: Challenges can be decreased if parents/carers are able to recognise these characteristics and accept them as symptoms that are the result of damage to the brain by alcohol exposure in utero

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Adults with FASD - NOFASD Australia

Adults with FASD Resources for Families & Professionals Supporting an Adult who has FASD Here are some links to articles that have more information specifically for supporting adolescents and adults who have FASD: Working with Adolescents or Adults with FASDThis presentation comes from Dr Vanessa Spiller from Jump Start Psychology in Queensland

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Adult Diagnosis - NOFASD Australia

Adult Diagnosis There are currently very few Australian health professionals who offer assessment/diagnosis of adults who may have FASD

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NDIS - NOFASD Australia

NDIS The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) The goal of the NDIS is to shift support funding from being based on labels and diagnoses to being about a persons individual needs in gaining independence and integrating into the community

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Characteristics across the lifespan - NOFASD Australia

Characteristics across the lifespan As the adverse impacts of fetal alcohol exposure are dependent on the timing and dose of alcohol use during pregnancy, the individual fetal alcohol (FA) characteristics will vary from child to child

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FASD Diagnosis - NOFASD Australia

FASD Diagnosis FASD is often referred to as the invisible disability as it often goes undetected, whether it be overlooked, ignored, attributed to another cause or even simply blamed on poor parenting or the environment the child is living in

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Managing Challenging and/or Extreme Behaviour - NOFASD Australia

Managing Challenging and/or Extreme Behaviour Challenges of Extreme Behaviour Most children with FASD have immature social development, disorders with sensory processing, a lack of impulse control and an inability to predict consequences, link cause and effect or learn from their mistakes

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What is a safe amount to drink? - NOFASD Australia

What is a safe amount to drink? What is a safe amount to drink? The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol state very clearly that maternal alcohol consumption can harm the developing fetus or breastfeeding baby and for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, not drinking is the safest option

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What is FASD? Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Help, Support & Advice

What is FASD? Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the term used to describe the lifelong physical and/or neurodevelopmental impairments that can result from fetal alcohol exposure. Alcohol can cause damage to the unborn child at any time during pregnancy, even before a pregnancy has been confirmed.

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