Fetal alcohol syndrome and the law: Policy choices and implementation

The Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program was designed to provide support for investigators to conduct policy research on a variety of subjects directed at helping the country reduce the harm caused by substance abuse.This project addresses the policy issues raised by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAE). FAS and FAE are the birth defects that can result if a mother uses alcohol during her pregnancy. As many as a million adults and children in the U.S. have FAS/FAE, and each year tens of thousands more are born with it. Both FAS and FAE involve permanent organic brain damage which impairs cognitive functioning in a variety of ways. This research project will emphasize what the investigators believe are the three most pressing policy issues in these areas: (1) the rights of children with FAS/FAE to an effective education under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and similar state laws; (2) the standards for eligibility for state programs for the developmentally disabled, including strategies for meeting current standards and the need to alter those standards in some states; and (3) the practical problem of screening criminal defendants to identify those who may have FAS/FAE.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $99,770.00

Awarded on: 12/20/2002

Time frame: 1/15/2003 - 2/29/2004

Grant Number: 47686


University of Washington School of Law

William H. Gates Hall
Bos 353020
Seattle, 98105-6617


Eric Schnapper
Project Director