CanFASD: Strengths Among Individuals with FASD

The vast majority of FASD research is focused on the challenges and impairments associated
with the disability, as well as the burden of FASD on families and the broader community. This
type of research can help to validate the experiences of individuals with FASD and their
families, and to inform where services and supports might be needed the most. However, the
simultaneous lack of strengths-based studies can perpetuate a sense of shame, suffering, and
victimization, and contribute to the stigma already associated with FASD. By neglecting to
explore the successes of individuals with FASD, we fail to recognize their immense potential and
celebrate the unique contributions that each individual has to offer. The goal of the current
issue paper was to review the existing strengths-based FASD literature and highlight the need
for more studies to fill this critical gap.

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