Jacob is 16 years old and lives with his parents in Ireland, who head up FASD Ireland and Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Ireland.
Jacob talks to us about living with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, FASD. For Jacob processing and memory is an issue. He explains how important it is that his peers and school are educated on the condition so that his additional needs can be understood and met. At school he has learning support staff who are crucial to his educational needs. And at his rugby club his coach has adapted his methods so that Jacob is better able to cope with the fast-paced game and make a real contribution to team.
As well as supporting his parents with their vital work in raising awareness of FASD and invisible disabilities, Jacob also expresses how he uses his determination as a positive force and talks about his aspirations.
When planning to have a baby, both parents should stop drinking to avoid any chance of the baby having FASD.
If you are experiencing issues discussed in this podcast contact your GP or healthcare practitioner.
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Hosted by Chantal Boyle, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower.