FASD Initiatives

 About FASD

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual exposed to alcohol in the womb.

These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications.




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Help us build an FASD network in Louisiana

Join the Human Development Center at LSU Health New Orleans to support individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), their families, and the professionals that serve them. We aim to address PAE prevention, education, intervention, and advocacy while reducing stigma.

We need your help to build Louisiana's FASD United chapter. By joining us, you will help:

  • Create an advisory board consisting of individuals with FASD, their families, and professionals
  • Raise awareness of FASD
  • Lead engagement and events in the state


Join us in building a FASD United chapter in Louisiana



Signs of FASD

FASD is a spectrum. This means that it does not look the same in everyone. In general, some of the signs to look for include:

  • Trouble paying attention
  • Memory issues
  • Poor social skills
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Issues with executive functioning or self-regulation
  • Difficulty in school
  • Being sensitive to light, touch, or sound
  • Hyperactive behavior

Find educational webinars from the FASD Collaborative Project


Diagnosing FASD

There is not a simple test to tell if someone has an FASD. Instead, a trained team has to do different types of testing before they can make a diagnosis. Getting the right diagnosis can help families get the services and support they need. 

Learn more about FASD Diagnosing from Proof Alliance


FASD Facts

Drinking during pregnancy can cause FASD

Drinking during pregnancy affects how the child’s brain develops. These changes to the brain are lifelong.

There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. Because of this, the safest choice is to not drink any alcohol from conception through birth.

1 in 20 children

As many as 1 in 20 children have FASD in the United States.

Everyone with an FASD has the ability to succeed. Support and interventions can improve outcomes and well-being for people with an FASD. Early intervention is especially helpful.

100% preventable

FASD is 100% preventable with the right information and support. If someone is pregnant or might become pregnant, all major health groups recommend they do not drink alcohol. 


FASD Resources

These organizations are here to support you and your loved ones in their FASD journey.

FASD United

FASD family navigator and policy center

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Proof Alliance

FASD assessment checklist and other resources

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FASD Collaborative Project

Educational webinars and support groups

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Workshops and resources on a brain-based approach to FASD

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 Our Commitment to FASD

The Human Development Center aims to build the capacity of Louisiana to better support individuals with FASD through prevention, education, intervention, and advocacy while reducing stigma.

We are a proud member of the FASD United Affiliate Network.

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Join us as we form Louisiana's FASD United Chapter