My name is Gayle Young and I work with the Sitka neurodevelopmental diagnostic team. I would like to tell you something wonderful and something hard. This is the very good part: Many parents are contacting the Team to ask that their children to be evaluated for FASD. And this is the very hard part: Some current statistics are not hopeful. 80% of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders will not keep jobs without on-going support.
Gayle Young is with the Sitka Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Clinic. She says more parents are coming forward to have children evaluated for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, as the shame drops from this syndrome. This Sunday (9-7-12) is International FASD Awareness Day. Young says local professionals will use the coincidence to try and distribute information in churches.