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A Primer On Spinal Stenosis

BY DR. JEFFREY M. DAVIS There is a need to educate our youth, and society in general, on proper spinal hygiene. I would like to address the subject of spinal stenosis, acknowledging that this indeed is a condition that affects patients most of the time that are already 50 years of age. The most important issue to discuss with all patients, but especially those not yet affected by this condition, is to educate them about […]

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Sunlight Isn’t Enough

BY SUNIL J. WIMALAWANSA, MD, PHD, MBA, FACE, FRCP, FACP, FRCPATH, DSC Optimal Intakes of Vitamin D for Persons with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities: Almost Everyone Needs Vitamin D Supplements. Adequate vitamin D is essential for optimal health. In addition to the well-known effects of enhancing mineral metabolism, irrespective of the age, gender, or health status of the patient, vitamin D has beneficial effects on many other conditions, including neuromodulation, muscle strength and coordination, autoimmune disorders, […]

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Ask Dr. Sheypuk Danielle Sheypuk, Ph.D.

With this column, I hope to open up a freer, franker discussion about dating, romance, and sexuality with a disability. I am so pleased to be launching my column, “Ask Dr. Sheypuk.” It is something that I have wanted to do for a long time now and something that is greatly needed in the community of people with physical disabilities and those in our family and social circles. One out of five Americans is affected by disability, […]

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An Essential School Supply: The Hip

GENETIC ALLIANCE BY MONICA KORTSHA Discussing an individualized healthcare plan (IHP) with your child’s school nurse is one way you can prepare for the school year and make sure their special needs are addressed accordingly. It’s back-to-school time again. And whether your child will be enrolled in a traditional classroom, inclusive classroom or special education, it is important to ensure that your child’s educational environment will be the best fit for their unique needs (having […]

Health Coverage Options for Children with Special Health Care Needs

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY AGE OUT OF CHILDREN’S PLANS? Parents may not be aware of all the choices available for insurance coverage for their children with special needs as they become young adults. Options can include continuing dependent coverage, as well as public and private insurance. It is important to note that children with special health care needs may be eligible for more than one type of plan. Parents and their […]

FIRST FACT SHEET FOR THE NATIONAL DISABILITY NAVIGATOR RESOURCE COLLABORATIVE (NDNRC): “Comparing Health Plans’ Benefits and Coverage Summaries”

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is pleased to announce the publication of the first fact sheet for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). “Comparing Health Plans’ Benefits and Coverage Summaries” is designed to inform navigators and other enrollment specialists about what people with disabilities need to look for in the Summary of Benefits and Coverage. The fact sheet can be found here: http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/ndnrc-materials/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-1/. The entire list of upcoming fact sheets is […]