FASD & the Justice System

Introduction to the criteria

The term FASD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, refers to the spectrum of physical and neurological conditions occurring as a result of prenatal exposure to alcohol. FASD is a developmental and behavioral disability. If you are a justice professional encountering clients with FASD who have been brought into the criminal justice system, understanding the diagnostic terminology of FASD can be confusing because there are many diagnostic terms in use.

We have put together this guide on the diagnostic criteria of FASD to inform your work with clients with FASD.

Download the full guide.

The Two Eyed Seeing (TES) Wheel – Indigenous approach to diagnosis

An Indigenous community team has developed a diagnostic wheel for FASD and related conditions called the “Two-Eyed Seeing” (TES) Wheel. This tool uses a Medicine Wheel framework for assessment that includes mental, physical, emotional, and social-spiritual domains.

Download the TES wheel.