Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability and it's estimated that between 3-5% of babies born in Aotearoa annually will have FASD.

Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential.

Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges. 

Will you become a Carewise employer?

Most of our information here is about employing individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, but did you know one in eight New Zealand employees are caring for someone with a disability or chronic health condition? Juggling work with a challenging, 24/7 support role may leave some of your most skilled and experienced staff feeling they need to give up work or reduce hours. Becoming a CareWise employer will reduce your recruitment, retention and training costs – and you'll feel great knowing you're taking steps to make it easier for caregivers to keep working to support their whānau.

FASD-CAN is a Carewise employer. To join us in looking after your caregiving staff, please click here

What can employers expect from employees with FASD?

FASD in the workplaceFASD-CAN has created a handy double-sided, downloadable sheet for employers to have on hand for those quick strategy reminder moments! Click here or on the pic to download. 

See tabs below for more information for employers.