WPR News
6:10 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder speaks to students

Laramie, WY – A young man who is affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder will give a series of presentations in Laramie this week. Morgan Fawcett is 18, and received his diagnosis four years ago. Since that time, he has been meeting with students, communities and professional groups to broaden understanding of the effects of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, and of F-A-S-D itself. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder is often mistaken for other problems, such as Attention Deficit Disorder. Fawcett says his talks often begin with his personal experience
"I have FASD so I have neurological problems, I have physical problems. But I also have the unique ability to articulate what's going on with myself. That provides that unique perspective for the common person and also the professional - whatever profession they might be in - so that they know who they're working with on a day-to-day basis."
Fawcett began playing the flute around the time he was diagnosed with F-A-S-D. In addition to meeting with U-W students and with students at the Lab School and Cathedral Home, he will give a concert in the Education Auditorium. That begins at 7:00 tonight.