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On January 15th, popular NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live aired a skit that featured prenatal alcohol exposure as the punchline to the joke. The FASD community was understandably shaken to hear the news. As we know, FASD is the most prevalent developmental disability but remains largely underfunded, misunderstood, and misrepresented on the rare occasions that it is mentioned in the media. The Canadian Fetal Alcohol Research Network (CanFASD) released a statement on January 19th, speaking to the stigmatizing effects that this type of media representation of FASD creates. Please see their statement here: https://canfasd.ca/2022/01/19/fasd-advocates-criticize-snl-for-inappropriate-sketch/

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