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Understanding the Lasting Effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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September is National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says six to nine out of every 1,000 school-aged children in the U.S. suffer from the effects of alcohol consumed during a mother’s pregnancy.

The Hawaii FASD Action Group was founded in 2016 by Dr. Ann Yabusaki, a psychologist and family therapist. The Conversation spoke with Yabusaki and Sina Pili, a mother of a child with the disorder and leader of a parent support group.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Sept. 14, 2021.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at
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