The disability Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is not recognised by the federal government as a disability. This creates difficulties for families living with FASD with state and federal services

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The disability Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is not recognised by the federal government as a disability. This creates difficulties for families living with FASD with state and federal services

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FASD is an injury to the brain resulting from alcohol use during pregnancy. Those people affected by this disorder have lives that are reactive rather than proactive. Situations are thrust on them rather than created by them. Their days are spent trying to make sense of what is happening to them, rather than learning from their experiences. They can convince anyone who listens that their dreams will be realised, their determination and commitment unmistakable, but when they leave the room, their dreams are forgotten. Their school years consist of bullying and being bullied, not the joys of learning. They will take prisoners, thinking they have made friends. Their lives will be lived according to their peers’ desires, not their own –and they won’t know the difference. When they are punished, they don’t understand it’s because of what they did, so they don’t show remorse. Because this disorder is minimally investigated and diagnosed, there are many people who can be found locked in the cycle of our welfare and employment systems, mental health services, drug and alcohol services, prisons, disability services and youth services but no one will understand their needs because they haven’t been diagnosed. While FASD remains absent from the federal government's list of disabilities, many organisations, services and other authorities, will not consider FASD as the reason for their behaviour so do not provide appropriate programs. Inappropriate programs lead to more suffering, creating or exacerbating secondary disabilities.

 



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