Data on Autism: Five Facts to Know

Many children are living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and they need services and support, now and as they grow into adolescence and adulthood. More can be done to ensure that children with ASD are evaluated as soon as possible after developmental concerns are recognized. Read on to learn more about CDC’s data on ASD. Findings from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network help us understand more about the number of children with […]

Powerful Words: Challenged by a Moment

 Posted By Theresa Fitzpatrick The following post was written by Tim Shriver, co-founder of the Spread the Word campaign. In March of 2009, Tim and co-founder Soeren Palumbo, created this annual day of awareness that continues to be led by passionate young people, Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants across the world. When I was in first grade, Loretta Claiborne came to visit my class. She showed us her gold medals from Special Olympics […]

Lima child ambassador for Down syndrome group

By Tara Jones – Jada Hood’s laughter echoes off the Lima Senior hallways as she holds her father’s hand walking from the upstairs preschool to her mother’s classroom. Hood has become a familiar face in the community, and now she has also become the face of an international campaign. Hood, 2, the daughter of James and Chrissy Hood who are both employees of Lima schools, was named one of the 33 ambassadors for Nothing […]

Rare Disease Day 2019!

Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. The campaign targets primarily the general public and also seeks to raise awareness amongst policy makers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in rare diseases.

Colorado House OKs bill on medical marijuana use for autism

by Associated Press DENVER — The Colorado House has passed a bill allowing medical marijuana use to treat autism spectrum disorders. The bill had strong bipartisan support, passing 63-0 on Thursday. The Senate is expected to do the same, and Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign it. Autism spectrum disorders include autism, Asperger syndrome and other developmental disorders whose symptoms range from mild to severe. Current law allows medical marijuana use for cancer, glaucoma, HIV, PTSD, […]

Microsoft’s Emotional New Super Bowl Ad Promotes the Adaptive Controller

Microsoft’s commercial features children with disabilities who love the adaptive controller. “When everybody plays, we all win.” That’s the slogan of Microsoft’s emotional Super Bowl ad released on Thursday. The commercial, titled “We All Win,” highlights the Xbox adaptive controller, which can be used by gamers with disabilities. It features young gamers and their parents whose experiences have changed thanks to the device. One of the children interviewed was 9-year-old Owen. His parents said in […]

LuMind RDS Foundation and IDSC Collaborate on a Research and Medical Care Facebook Group for Caregivers

BURLINGTON, Mass. January 18, 2019 – LuMind™ Research Down Syndrome Foundation (LuMind RDS) and International Down Syndrome Community (IDSC) are combining resources and expertise on a collaboration to create the IDSC LuMind RDS Facebook Group to better serve people with Down syndrome and their communities. “An important part of the LuMind RDS mission is connecting families with the progress of research,” says Hampus Hillerstrom, President and CEO of LuMind RDS, “By collaborating with IDSC on […]

The Milestone Tracker, is now available in Spanish!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce that its free app, the Milestone Tracker, is now available in Spanish!  This mobile app is part of a suite of free, family-friendly materials available through the  program Learn the Signs. Act Early. The Milestone Tracker allows parents to track their child’s development in a fun and easy way and gives them 1) tips to help their child learn and grow; 2) a way to track milestones […]

U.S. Department of Education Announces Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion to Protect Children with Disabilities, Ensure Compliance with Federal Laws

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the U.S. Department of Education will launch an initiative to address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will oversee this proactive approach which will protect students with disabilities by providing technical assistance and support to schools, districts, and state education agencies, […]

Down Syndrome competitor Lucas Barron to make Dakar Rally history

Lucas Barron will make history on Sunday when he lines up on the Dakar Rally starting line in Peru, becoming the first person with Down Syndrome to take part in the grueling race. The 25-year-old, who will be co-pilot for his father Jacques, will tackle the world’s most demanding rally: a 5,000-km, 10-day marathon, 70 percent of which will be raced over sand. “Our aim is to finish the race and achieve our goal,” a […]