FASD Language Guide


The language we use has a powerful impact on the way people with FASD are perceived and treated.

This Language Guide is intended to suggest language that can be used in conversations, presentations and reports about FASD in Aotearoa, but it's a good idea for all those who are around those with FASD read and understand it, including caregivers and whānau.

The use of such language enhances respectful engagement with those with FASD and their families to ensure their dignity and reduce the negativity and stigma often associated with FASD. 

The guide is global in its reach and use of language. It has been adapted by the FASD Hub of Australia from one first created by CanFASD. We gratefully acknowledge the work of both groups in being able to link to it here.

Read the Language Guide here.