Study Finds Having a Child with Down Syndrome a Positive Experience

Only younger siblings struggled in some cases, which researchers said wasn’t surprising. MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Families of children with Down syndrome face challenges, but by and large their experiences are positive ones, a new study suggests. Researchers found that in 87 percent of families they surveyed, everyone — parents and siblings — said they loved their family member who had Down syndrome, and almost as many families said they felt pride […]

Parents’ mental health, lack of medical care contribute to disabilities, researchers say

FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — One in seven American children aged 2 to 8 suffers from a mental, behavioral or developmental problem, federal health officials report. Researchers analyzed data supplied by parents in the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, looking for reported speech and language problems, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and more. “Based on the number of kids affected, this is something we need to pay attention […]

Baby’s First Test Funds Innovative Newborn Screening Education Program for Hospital NICUs

Baby’s First Test, the nation’s clearinghouse for newborn screening information, is pleased to announce the 2016 Challenge Award recipients. The Challenge Awards program builds upon the creative and inventive nature of the newborn screening community by supporting and funding proposals highlighting innovative solutions to challenges within the newborn screening community. The 2016 Challenge Awards are focused on improving newborn screening education among Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursing professionals. Each funded project will receive up […]

NCD Releases Report on Medicaid Managed Care

Medicaid Managed Care Community Forums: Final Report March 7, 2016 SUMMARY: In studying the emerging Medicaid issues, the National Council on Disability (NCD) has focused its attention on how changes and proposed changes in delivery systems from planning through implementation are affecting people with disabilities. NCD began articulating its earliest findings and recommendations in 2012 with publication of Analysis and Recommendations for the Implementation of Managed Care in Medicaid and Medicare Programs for People with […]

ABA Coverage To Expand For Federal Employees in 2017

The Office of Personnel Management, which manages the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB), has directed its carriers not to exclude coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) starting next year. The FEHB program is the nation’s largest employer-sponsored health benefits program, covering 8.2 million federal employees, retirees and dependents. OPM urged its participating providers in 2012 for the first time to include ABA coverage, starting with their 2013 policies. Some did. In following years, OPM directed […]

“Invisible work” toll among family and unpaid caregivers

SOURCE: National Institutes of Health; BY Carol Torgan, Ph.D. At a Glance Unpaid caregivers who helped with the health care of older adults experienced emotional, physical, and financial difficulties, as well as lower work productivity. The findings provide a better understanding of the unmet needs and challenges of this often invisible workforce, which plays a key role in the health care system. Family and other unpaid caregivers perform many activities on a regular basis as […]

If Your Kids Play Sports, You Need to Know These Six Important Things About Concussions

By Dr. Adam Breiner, ND With spring sports like baseball, softball, and soccer coming up, parents need to be aware of why concussions are such serious injuries and how they can be treated. Here are six important things every parent should know about concussions. Concussions have traditionally been associated with high-impact sports like football, and even in this setting, knocks on the head that don’t “seem” serious have often been brushed off. However, it’s becoming […]

Six Organizations Receive Grants from the Special Hope Foundation Evidence-Based Cost and Quality of Care Research Grants for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Six Organizations Receive Grants from the Special Hope Foundation Evidence-Based Cost and Quality of Care Research Grants for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (Palo Alto, CA, February 22, 2016) — The Special Hope Foundation and the Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry are pleased to announce that six organizations serving the healthcare needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities were selected to receive funding for their research projects. These grants will support a variety of […]

President Obama’s 2017 Budget Expands Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Meeting Our Greatest Challenges: The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities Under the President’s leadership, we have turned our economy around and created 14 million jobs. Our unemployment rate is below five percent for the first time in almost eight years. Nearly 18 million people have gained health coverage as the Affordable Care Act has taken effect. And we have dramatically cut our deficits by almost three-quarters and set our […]

Autistic children struggle with sensory discomfort

New research shows that children with autism experience higher levels of sensory discomfort at school than children who do not have autism – and this affects their ability to learn. The study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, was carried out by Fiona Howe and Dr Steven Stagg of Anglia Ruskin University. The research, which was conducted at three schools in the East of England, found that 88% of children with autism […]