National Child Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20th to acknowledge the importance of children’s rights and our country’s commitment to upholding them. This year’s theme is “Inclusion for Every Child.”
“Inclusion” – it’s a word we know and an idea we aim to implement, but how can we best practice this for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?
FASD is a complex, lifelong neurodevelopmental disability, that affects the brain and body of people prenatally exposed to alcohol. Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges, who may experience stigma and other barriers to participation. Ultimately, they deserve to experience “inclusion” just as any other child should, in a way that provides opportunities to thrive, and build confidence and self-reliance.
Individuals with FASD are unique and live on a spectrum. They have an array of strengths, gifts and needs. As per the UN Convention: Rights of the Child, all children have the right to protection, provision and active participation in the community. “Inclusion” means a full and decent life, which ensures dignity and the highest attainable standard of health.
Education, health care services, rehabilitation services, preparation for employment and recreation opportunities are just some of the basic rights for all children.
For more information on FASD, contact ConnectFASD, a one-stop service hub, to support FASD over a lifespan. ConnectFASD is for all ages and needs, for individuals with FASD, caregivers, and professionals in Calgary and area. Contact us at 1-866-601-3273 or online at www.connectfasd.ca