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Old 03-16-2011, 06:51 PM
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FAS - labeled "Disabled"?

My adoptive children (whom we adopted a little over a year ago) were diagnosed with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) in Ukraine. They are going through many different assessments right now, mostly to find out how I can better help them, what to expect etc.
My question is - to anyone out there who may know the answer - since they have FAS - are they considered "disabled"?
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well, mine isn't labelled as such. She receved a full battery of cognitive tests at around age 3. She was considered "average" and did not qualify as disabled. At 6, she's considered above average and does not have an IEP.

Since the spectrum of FAS symptoms is so wide, theres no hard and fast rule regarding disability
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Since the spectrum of FAS symptoms is so wide, theres no hard and fast rule regarding disability

It may be a different system here (in Canada) but as wcurry said, FAS is a spectrum so it really depends on the challenges and differences. I don't expect my son to be "labelled" disabled as he is at this point, cognitively and physically able, but different from typical emotionally and behaviorally. It could change depending on how he progresses.

But there are kiddos whose challenges would fall into the disabled range. FAS is hard mostly because the challenging parts are often hidden.
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