The Arc of North Carolina and the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program (FASDinNC) announce formal partnership.

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

Raleigh, NC (July 9, 2020) -  Today, The Arc of North Carolina announced The North Carolina Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program (FASDinNC) is now a part of The Arc of North Carolina’s Advocacy division. The program will increase the number of trained Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) educators across the state, as well as spreading the No Safe Amount/No Safe Time message to women of child-bearing age across the state. FASD is the only 100% preventable intellectual/developmental disability. Lauren Borchert will serve as the Program Coordinator and Amy Hendricks will serve as the Training Coordinator.

FASDinNC is a statewide program funded by the SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) and has been in operation since 2002. FASDinNC strives to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies by providing education, training, and resources to women of childbearing age and the professionals who serve them.

John Nash, Executive Director for The Arc of North Carolina, stated: “We are extremely excited to implement prevention-based work into The Arc of NC for the first time. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are so common and misunderstood, and we do not often speak of prevention within I/DD circles. We hope to utilize our chapter network to spread important information across the state regarding the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and expand collective knowledge across the state of North Carolina.”

FASDinNC strives to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder by increasing awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant or trying to conceive. The US Surgeon General advises pregnant women and women who are considering becoming pregnant abstain from alcohol consumption to eliminate alcohol-exposed pregnancies, yet it is estimated 40,000 babies are born each year with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), an umbrella term describing the range of lifelong effects that can occur in an individual who was exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.

The Arc of North Carolina has been providing advocacy and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1953. It is committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play.

For more information on The Arc of North Carolina, visit www.arcnc.org

For more information on alcohol use during pregnancy and FASD, please visit www.fasdinnc.org, www.nofas.org, or www.cdc.gov/fasd.