On the 9th day of the 9th month, we honor Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day as a symbol of the 9-months of pregnancy that a woman should remain alcohol free. Over the last decade, awareness efforts have grown and September is now set aside as International FASD month. FASD is an umbrella term describing the range of effects a person can experience as a result of alcohol exposure prior to birth.  Statistics are alarming, as it is estimated that approximately 40,000 babies are born each year with FASD. We encourage everyone to learn more about the St. Louis Arc’s FASD prevention program and watch the FASD Awareness Day Lunch and Learn.