Christina McKelvie MSP hosts Parliamentary Reception for FASD SCOTLAND
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Scotland, Scotland’s only dedicated fetal alcohol awareness organisation, launched their parliamentary reception this week in The Scottish Parliament [6th September]. The event was sponsored by local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie MSP.
The social enterprise, which aims to campaign, raise awareness, reduce the prevalence of the disorder and assist development of specialist FASD services across Scotland, engaged with MSPs during a drop in-session to learn more about Scotland’s response to alcohol use during pregnancy.
According to a study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, an estimated 119,000 children worldwide are born with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and many more with FASD (a wider spectrum of neurodevelopmental effects) each year, with the UK amongst the top five highest countries of alcohol use during pregnancy.
Commenting on the drop in session MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie MSP said:
“Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders still very much remains a hidden disability and I was delighted to bring FASD Scotland to the Scottish Parliament so we can learn more about the disorder.
“The impact of FASD are lifelong and debilitating, including birth defects, learning disabilities and behavioural problems. FASD Scotland are Scotland’s only social enterprise that offer information, awareness, training and support regarding the lifelong risks of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
“The message from FASD Scotland is simple: ‘No alcohol, No Risk’ and I’m happy to endorse this throughout my constituency.
Eileen Calder, director of FASD Scotland added:
“FASD Scotland was established in 2012 as Scotland’s only 3rd sector organisation focused exclusively on FASD. FASD Scotland works throughout Scotland and in partnership with sister organisations across the UK and internationally to raise awareness, deliver training, support those affected and advice on service development.
“We thank MSP’s for their interest and the vital role they can play in preventing and supporting those affected by FASD. This is a condition that is completely preventable and one where MSP’s can make a real, positive impact on future generations. ”