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​​​Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day - September 9, 2019​

​WHEREAS there is no safe amount, no safe time, or no safe kind of alcohol that a pregnant individual can drink during pregnancy; and
 WHEREAS the term “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder" (FASD) describes the range of disabilities that may affect an individual who was exposed to alcohol in utero/or during pregnancy; and
WHEREAS prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects, such as physical and mental disability and behavioural and/or learning challenges; and
WHEREAS the exact number of people who have FASD is unknown, but it is estimated that 2 to 3 percent of the population are born with effects of prenatal alcohol exposure annually; and
WHEREAS the estimated cost of FASD in Canada is $4 billion per year covering education, health, social services and justice costs; and
WHEREAS about half of all pregnancies are unplanned meaning developing fetuses are inadvertently exposed to alcohol; and
WHEREAS people around the world began observing International FASD Awareness Day on September 9 each year beginning in 1999, in order that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy it is important to abstain from alcohol; and
WHEREAS the good health and well-being of the people of Essa are enhanced by the support of a national effort to educate about and prevent FASD through the Simcoe County FASD Prevention Committee, part of the Simcoe County FASD Initiative; 
​NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council of the Corporation of the Township of Essa hereby proclaims September 9, 2019 as “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day" in Essa to promote awareness of the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, to increase acceptance and support for those individuals so affected, to minimize further effects, and to ensure healthier communities in the future.