Mosquito Bites: Everyone is at Risk!

The most effective way to avoid getting sick from viruses spread by mosquitoes is to prevent mosquito bites. Almost everyone in the world has been bitten by a mosquito. Although most kinds of mosquitoes are just nuisance mosquitoes, some kinds of mosquitoes spread viruses that can cause disease. For most viruses spread by mosquitoes, no vaccines or medicines are available. Mosquitoes bite during the day and night, live indoors and outdoors, and search for warm […]

Alana gift to MIT launches Down syndrome research center, technology program for disabilities

Foundation’s $28.6 million gift will fund science, innovation, and education to advance understanding, ability, and inclusion. David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory As part of its continued mission to help build a better world, MIT is establishing the Alana Down Syndrome Center, an innovative new research endeavor, technology development initiative, and fellowship program launched with a $28.6 million gift from Alana Foundation, a nonprofit organization started by Ana Lucia Villela of São […]

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Brain Safety Starts with You March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Learn how you can help prevent TBIs, including concussion. Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, affect the lives of Americans nationwide. While anyone can experience a TBI, data show that children and older adults (age 65 and older) are at greater risk. Many TBIs, including concussions, are preventable—and you can help Change Your Mind about Brain Injury A TBI is caused by a […]

Spread The Word INCLUSION

‌Save the Date! For our New 2019 Campaign Over the past several years, you have stepped up and helped us Spread the Word to End the R-Word, which started the conversation on respect. Now, to continue this important conversation, the Golisano Foundation, Special Olympics and Best Buddies are building on these efforts in a new campaign called, Spread the Word Inclusion, to stop all types of discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. This year’s day […]

IDD Toolkit Webinar–Sleep: It’s more important than you may think for adults with IDD

The Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities would like to invite you to join us for a free webinar focused on providing improved medical care to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on April 4 at noon Central Standard Time/1:00 p.m. Eastern. This webinar will offer information about sleep issues and the difficulties they can cause for adults with IDD. Sleep fragmentation can contribute to behavioral, neuropsychological and cognitive problems. Presenters will be Beth […]

Westfield gym for kids with special needs gets new owners

WESTFIELD, Ind. (WTHR) — A gym for children with special needs is celebrating a new chapter after nearly closing. Carter’s Play Place in Westfield now has new owners. It opened nearly three years ago as an inclusive gym designed especially for kids with special needs. Indianapolis-based LEL Home Services has now purchased the operation. “This opportunity for Carter’s Play Place is a little different than the services we typically provide, so we’re very excited to […]

ABLE Act Update

NDSC continues to be active in the effort to implement and expand the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014, which enables people with Down syndrome and other disabilities to open tax-exempt accounts to save for their future without jeopardizing their much-needed public benefits. To date, there are forty-two ABLE programs around the country (41 states plus the District of Columbia). Many of these programs are open to qualified individuals nationwide and offer […]

PCPID to Host Virtual and In-Person Meetings in March

The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities will be hosting a series of meetings to discuss their 2019 report to the President. All PCPID meetings are open to the public. On Monday, March 4, PCPID will host a virtual meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST). To listen in, please dial (888) 949–2790 and use pass code 1989852. PCPID will also host an in-person meeting Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22, from […]

National Deaf Center Releases A Variety Of Tools

The OSEP-funded National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) recently released a variety of tools to support transition planning for deaf students. Transition Planning Guide and Infographic. This  user-friendly poster highlights key aspects of transition planning and how it applies to deaf students, in particular. NDC has a parallel set of resources for self-advocacy.  Deafverse!  is an interactive game that focuses on decision making and self-advocacy for teens and young adults. NDC is working on additional worlds […]

Discover Herbal Products

Are you thinking of trying an herb to improve your health? Find out about the uses, effectiveness, and possible side effects of herbal products before you try them. NIH’s new app, “HerbList,” has the herb info you need in an on-the-go package. Use the app to explore what the science says about over 50 common herbs and herbal products. It features an alphabetical list of herbs with a picture of the plant next to each […]