FASDAY 2004 Proclamation Guidelines
Office of the Governor
*FASD AWARENESS DAY*
WHEREAS, healthy children are the most important resource in the great State of __________; and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders pose a serious threat to the potential health of our future generations; and
WHEREAS, more than thirty years have passed since Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was identified and named as a birth disorder by United States researchers; and
WHEREAS, prenatal exposure to alcohol can cause birth defects, mental retardation, learning disabilities, attention deficits, and behavior disorders; and
WHEREAS, 23% of women reported drinking alcohol in their first trimester of pregnancy in a 1999-2000 survey; and
WHEREAS, individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders often have secondary disabilities, such as trouble with the law, substance abuse issues, disrupted school experiences, employment problems, and homelessness; and
WHEREAS, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are entirely preventable; and
WHEREAS, people around the world began observing International FAS 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 a woman should abstain from alcohol; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution to ask the President to designate September 9, 2004 as National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, _____________________, Governor of the State of ______________, do hereby proclaim September 9, 2004 as
*Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day*
in __________, to promote awareness of the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, to increase compassion for those individuals so affected, to minimize further effects, to ensure healthier communities across __________ in the future.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of __________.
Done at the Capitol in _______ on this _____ Day of _________________ in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Four.
Secretary of State