The legal team at Bogin, Munns & Munns is proud to announce that we are now offering the first-ever Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Scholarship. It is our sincere hope that this scholarship can act as a pillar of change throughout the state of Florida and beyond, offering a beacon of hope to those who need it most.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the umbrella term for a set of preventable effects and conditions caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. These conditions include:
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
- Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS)
- Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND)
- Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD)
- Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the leading cause of intellectual and other lifetime disabilities. 1 in 20 infants are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and eighty percent are misdiagnosed. Many individuals do not know that the typical facial features often associated with alcohol exposure in the past are only present in 5-10% of those on the spectrum, making it harder to recognize.
Through the formation of our scholarship, Bogin, Munns & Munns hopes to spread awareness of these devastating conditions and stop them from affecting innocent children around the country. After all, we believe the healthy children of today are the future leaders of tomorrow.
Causes of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
FASDs are caused when the fetus is exposed to alcohol during the mother’s pregnancy. When this occurs, the alcohol can hinder the ability of a fetus to develop organs and can cause irreversible brain damage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no alcohol is considered safe for a mother to consume at any stage of pregnancy. Even small amounts of alcohol can put a newborn at risk of issues with its cognitive and physical development. This can also occur before a mother even realizes she is pregnant, which is why many doctors recommend that women who are trying to conceive should stop drinking alcohol to prevent an FASD in their child.
With more education about FASDs and better preventative measures in at-risk communities, these conditions can be eradicated.
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Symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
FASDs can result in a wide variety of potentially life-altering symptoms that may be permanent. These symptoms may include physical defects and abnormalities, issues with the child’s brain and central nervous system, and behavioral problems, according to the CDC.
In general, the symptoms of an FASD can include, but may not be limited to:
- Difficulty with coordination
- Defects of the kidneys, heart, and bones
- Unique facial characteristics
- Short height
- Problems with vision or hearing
- Learning difficulties and lower than average IQ
- Hyperactivity and issues with attention
- Trouble making reasonable decisions
- Having a small head
Although there is no cure for FASDs, a doctor may be able to provide treatment to alleviate symptoms and help a child with an FASD reach their full potential. Depending on the specific diagnosis a child receives, the extent of their injuries, and the severity of their symptoms, treatment may include medications, therapy, specialist care, and more.
Bogin, Munns & Munns Proudly Serves Central Florida Residents
Bogin, Munns & Munns is proud to offer the first-ever Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Scholarship. We believe firmly in this cause, and our hope is that the community will rally around us to bring new meaning to this exciting scholarship.
For over 40 years, our firm has worked to support and defend communities throughout Central Florida, providing legal services in many fields of law. Along the way, our team has been impacted and shaped by more lives than we can count. Ultimately, we hope this scholarship can continue our positive impact in the region and give deserving parties the chance to make something great for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.
When it comes to any legal battles you may be facing, the attorneys at Bogin, Munns & Munns are happy to represent Central Florida clients in everything from personal injury cases to probate law to criminal defense and beyond. Our practice areas include:
- Car accident
- Business interruption
- Corporations and partnerships
- Criminal defense
- Employment and labor
- Family law
- Government takings
- Intellectual property
- Litigation and trial
- Personal injury
- Product liability
- Real estate
- Slip and fall
- Social security
- Wills, trusts, and probate
- Wrongful death
If you have legal needs of any type, call Bogin, Munns & Munns today at (407) 578-9696 to speak with a member of our team.