Australian Governement - Department of Health

FASD Language Guide

The language we use when talking about FASD is important. The Australian FASD Language Guide suggests respectful language which can be used in conversations, presentations and reports about FASD in Australia. This guide was produced by the FASD HUB Australia in an effort to promote the dignity of those living with FASD and their families.

Some common phrases can be unintentionally offensive or stigmatising for families affected by FASD. By using the alternative words or phrases recommended in the guide, community members can be more inclusive and supportive of families living with FASD.

CJ Lutke, an adult with FASD, wrote a blog about how the language used affects those living with FASD. Read it here

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