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Syracuse - March 28, Liberty Resources

9:00am-12:30pm or 1:30pm-5:00pm


$65.00 per person


Stacie Muscolino-Benfer
NYS Rehabilitation Research & Training, Inc

CEUs Available


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

The Learning Disabilities Association of New York State, Inc. (LDANYS) offers a comprehensive training program to educate the general public, nurses, social workers and other health service professionals about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  

What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?

It is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. 

Why should you attend?

Fetal Alcohol Exposure is the leading known cause of babies born with non-hereditary mental retardation.

More than 60,000 babies are born with FASD each year. One in 100 births may be affected by FASD.

Women of every socio-economic level have given birth to children with FASD.

Disabilities resulting from alcohol exposure during fetal development ARE 100% preventable.

What will you learn?

Definitions and Discussion of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Prevalence and Cost of FASD

Causes and Contributing Factors to the Effects of Alcohol

Prevention of FASD


Barriers to Diagnosis

 FAS Diagnostic Criteria

 Common Signs of FASD

Training date, times & location:

March 28 - Syracuse, Liberty Resources

9am-12:30pm or 1:30pm-5pm

What Others are Saying:

"The PowerPoint and Handouts were very informative with a lot of good information.  The information regarding varying degrees of FASD was very helpful."

 "The information regarding how FASD impacts people's lives (was most effective) .  These specific challenges helped me consider more specific strategies for support (of an individual with FASD)"

 “This was the best training I have been to in years!”

 “Excellent presentation.  This is the most informative and beneficial training I have ever had.  Thank you!!”

 “I already texted my best friend and told her no drinking while trying to conceive.  I will try to spread the word and recommend this class.”

 “This training gave me a better understanding of FASD.  I’m now better able to release information to my clients and love one’s who are thinking of having children.”

 “I will share information at agency staff meetings and give out the information to the Adolescent Psycho-educational Drug and Alcohol Program within our agency.”

About the Presenter:

Stephen J. Boese

Stephen Boese is Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State (LDANYS). He has over twenty-five years experience with Association management and not-for-profit administration, including extensive experience with the Legislative and policy-making process in New York.  He has previously worked on the staff of the New York State Senate Health Committee, and then served over 10 years with the Medical Society of the State of New York as Director of Project Development and Associate Director of Governmental Affairs. He also served as the New York State Director of Healthy Schools Network.  Stephen is a frequent public speaker on many issues related to disability advocacy, including prevention relating to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and toxic chemicals.

Stephen earned a Masters Degree in Social Welfare Management from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany, and a BA in Sociology from Hartwick College, Oneonta New York. 

About the LDA of NYS:

LDANYS is the NYS advocate for children and adults with learning disabilities, their families, and the programs that serve them. Prevention of learning disability is one of our major priorities.