FAQ

What types of problems do people with FASD typically experience?

Often, a person with FASD has a mix of problems. In a 1996 study of adults with an FASD conducted by the University of Washington reveals:

  • 50 percent had trouble finding a job.
    • 60 percent of them had trouble keeping a job.
  • 18 percent achieved independent living
  • About 80 percent had trouble managing money and making decisions.

Source: Streissguth, A., and Kanter, J., eds. 1997. The Challenge of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Overcoming Secondary Disabilities. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

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What can help change the futures of those with FASD?

Experience has shown that structured, supportive housing and employment, along with predictable routines, can go a long way in protecting young adults with FASD and helping them become productive members of their communities.

What are the estimated annual FASD-related costs in the U.S.?

$4 billion 

Estimated annual cost associated with FASD in the U.S.

(Source: Dr. Larry Burd, Director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences)

What are the estimated lifetime costs of living with FASD?

$1-5 million

Estimated lifetime cost for 1 person living with FASD.

(Source: Dr. Larry Burd, Director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences)

Can this disability affect the community?

Fewer than 20% of adults with FASD live independently. Without help, many end up homeless, pregnant or in trouble with the law, costing taxpayers millions of dollars annually.

Why do individuals with FASD need protection?

Because their cognitive and social skills are that of a much younger person, they are vulnerable to exploitation by others engaging in risky behavior.

How does FASD affect daily living?

People with FASD have difficulty finding and keeping a job, managing their finances and maintaining peer relationships.