A Community Needs Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Newfoundland and Labrador
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disorder caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol that impairs cognitive, behavioural, social, and emotional development. It is the leading preventable developmental disability in Canada, impacting an estimated four percent of the general population, with higher rates among certain vulnerable groups. Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest rates of heavy drinking in Canada, which elevates the concern associated with this issue and the need for research into FASD in the province. This project comprises a comprehensive, systematic community needs assessment using a mixed-methods approach. Data will be collected through surveys and focus groups with local service providers and stakeholders, including families and individuals directly impacted by FASD, regarding the observed and expected need for FASD resources in NL. This research will identify existing capacity and gaps in knowledge, services, and supports, and inform the development of collaborative, multidisciplinary strategies to address FASD.