What is Red Shoes Rock?
On Monday, September 9 we encourage people to wear red shoes to show support for FASD Awareness Day. On September 9, 1999, the first fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) awareness day was created by FASWorld with bells ringing at 9:09 am to alert and encourage people to not drink alcohol during pregnancy. This event provided understanding of the need to provide effective services for individuals and supports to families impacted by FASD. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.
Why Red Shoes Rock?
In 2013 RJ Formanek decided to wear red shoes to stand out, be noticed, and start conversations around FASD. As an adult living with FASD, RJ started the project to “turn invisibility into visibility, create conversations, and change the stigma of FASD into understanding and acceptance”. Throughout the past six years, RJ has partnered with many others around the world to grow Red Shoes Rock. The project expanded to include children, provide a space for individuals with FASD to share their story, and bring attention to FASD Awareness Day on September 9. Additionally, RJ is the founder of the Facebook support group for adults with FASD called Flying with Broken Wings.
Show-Me Your Red!
Show off your red shoes on Monday, September 9 and post a photo to the Arc’s Facebook page to help spread the word about FASD.