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Film reveals challenges of FASD

Sep 03, 2013
SIMCOE -- The Simcoe County Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Committee is working to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking during pregnancy.

SIMCOE -- The Simcoe County Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Committee is working to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking during pregnancy.

Myles Himmelreich tells his story of living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder with humour and candor in ‘Realities and Possibilities’, a short movie being shown in Orillia and Alliston, Sept. 9 and 10 respectively. Come out for a free movie, popcorn and door prizes.

Myles Himmelreich was adopted at three years of age and lives with a diagnosis within Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Myles' story has inspired his audiences by revealing both heart-breaking events and his powerful inner spirit, a demonstration of hope for all individuals living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. FASD affects an estimated one per cent of the general population and may affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, income or educational level.

FASD is a term used to describe the range of disabilities that may affect a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These disabilities may be physical, mental, behavioural, and/or learning challenges.  The condition has a big price tag. A recent study estimated the lifetime cost per person with FASD at $1 million, covering education, health, social services and justice costs.

FASD is preventable. But prevention is not as simple as it seems. Many people don’t understand the possible effects of alcohol use during pregnancy. Even if they do understand the possible effects, 50 per cent of pregnancies are unplanned. Many women have been drinking before they realize they are pregnant and exposing their developing baby to alcohol.

This event is being presented by the Simcoe County FASD Prevention Committee as part of the International FASD Awareness Day and in celebration of the committee’s 10 years of building awareness and providing information and resources regarding FASD. The Simcoe County FASD Prevention Committee is a community partnership of Catulpa Community Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association – Umbrellas Program, Parent Representative, Rama First Nation, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and the Union of Ontario Indians.

A night at the movies, ‘Realities and Possibilities’ will be held on:

Monday Sept. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Orillia Community Church

64 Colborne St. E., Orillia

Tuesday Sept. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Alliston Circle Theatre

19 Victoria ST E., Alliston

With an introduction by Dr. Andy Narine, OB/GYN

There is no safe amount, no safe time and no safe kind of alcohol during pregnancy. The whole community has a part to play in prevention by supporting women to make the decision not to drink if they are considering becoming pregnant or are pregnant. For local information and support regarding FASD, contact Your Health Connection 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520. 

For more information contact Charlene 705-435-5591.

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