FASD Common Messaging Guide 2024

Since 2017, the Canadian FASD organisation CanFASD have been publishing a resource focused on respectful ways of writing and talking about FASD – the Common Messaging Guide. In Aotearoa, we use it too, and we’re grateful to CanFASD for this.

The guide is reviewed and updated every year with new research and conversations that emerge in the FASD community. Individuals with lived experience of FASD have been increasingly involved in providing their feedback on the topics covered and language used to describe issues related to FASD.

An important point to consider when using the guide is that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to language and messaging does not always apply. The suggestions provided in the guide are intended to be inclusive and respectful for all individuals with FASD and their whānau.

However, to acknowledge the diversity and uniqueness of each person with FASD, it’s recommended to consult at an individual level to ensure that language choices are reflective and respectful of each person’s experience.

Click here to access the 2024 Common Messages Guide.