September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness month, to encourage conversation about the complex issue affecting nearly 1.5 million Canadians.
In the NWT, the GNWT has chosen a solution based theme for this year’s awareness month. “Uniting our Strengths: Finding Solutions Together,” aims to showcase the effect FASD has on not only an individual, but their community as well.
“When we work together, we can find better strategies to help prevent FASD, to diagnose those with this disability, and to support individuals and families,” the GNWT says.
Residents of the NWT can show their support this year by joining the “Red Shoes Rock campaign,” an international awareness effort to give a voice to those affected by FASD.
Red shoes symbolize the strengths and uniqueness of the NWT and residents are encouraged to wear their red shoes during September and share on social media using #RedShoesRockNWT.