Who We Are

Mission Statement

FASworld is committed to:
Providing support and information to parents, caregivers, and professionals dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), as well as individuals living with FASD.
Encouraging the development of new programs for individuals with FASD and their families, women of childbearing age and their partners, and individuals struggling with alcohol and substance issues.

Work with other support groups, individuals and organizations, who indicate a common interest in some or all of these approaches to dealing with FASD.

Communicate the message that there is no established safe threshold of alcohol.

Build public awareness of FASD, its secondary disabilities, the size and scope of this preventable disorder, and the personal and economic costs of FASD to our society.

What We Do

  1. Work with other organizations to build awareness of fetal alcohol disorders and the impact it has on individuals
  2. Advocate for services, supports and recognition for individuals living with FASD and their families
  3. Recommend resources for families and professionals who wish to know more about FASD


FASworld Canada was founded in 1999 by Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox to bring about awareness of FASD. Although they had met many knowledgeable families and a smattering of professionals at FASD conferences, they realized that most professionals in the education, justice, medical and social work fields were largely unaware of the scope and ramifications of FASD in our society. In collaboration with Teresa Kellerman they created the first FASDay (International FASD Awareness Day) on September 9, 1999. Since then, FASDay has been celebrated in hundreds of communities around the world.