FASworld Canada was founded in 1999 Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox when, having finally obtained a diagnosis of ARND (Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder) for their daughter Colette, they realized that they were part of a sub-culture in our society. Although they had met many knowledgeable families and a smattering of professionals at FAS conferences and on FASlink, they realized that most professionals in education, justice, medicine and social work fields were largely unaware of the scope and ramifications of FASD in our society.
FASworld is committed to:
Provide support and information to parents, caregivers, and professionals dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), as well as individuals living with FASD.
Encourage the development of new programs for individuals with FASD and their families, women of childbearing age and their partners, and individuals struggling with alcohol and substance issues.
Work locally, nationally and internationally, with other support groups, individuals and organizations, who indicate a common interest in some or all of these approaches to dealing with FASD.
Communicate the message that there is no established safe threshold of alcohol.
Build public awareness of FASD, its secondary disabilities, the size and scope of this preventable disorder, and the personal and economic costs of FASD to our society.