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Building Healthy & Inclusive Communities

Throughout Healthy Communities, Special Olympics seeks to collaborate with mission-aligned organizations that often traditionally miss the population that Special Olympics serves. Special Olympics has set a goal of having 100 locations recognized as Healthy Communities by 2020. When Kenny Canon’s pain resulted in a trip to the emergency room, his mother began to worry. “He had toothaches, was in a lot of pain and said he was dizzy,” said Kenny’s mother, Shirley. “He told me […]

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Interventions For Autism We Found Useful With Our Grandchild

BY DENIS ROGERS, MD REMARKS FROM DR GILLIAN FORRESTER, PHD AND DR CLAUDIA GONZALEZ PHD We have a grandchild who was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum at around 18 months. She had seemed to develop normally up until the age of 18 months and then regressed. It was as if pathways in the brain, previously open, had become blocked. She is now seven and has shown amazing improvement. Her “stimming” (obsessive repetitive behavior) […]

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How A Child Developmental Passport Can Help Families

BY DEEPA SRINIVASAVARADAN Developmental Passports can be used by parents to track the health, wellness, and development of their child. These are available in both English and Spanish for families. A STATE EXAMPLE The Child Developmental Passport in NJ was developed in collaboration with the State Ambassador of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) Learn the Signs, Act Early Program and the Help Me Grow and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative of the NJ Department […]

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Adults With Disabilities Screened Less Often For Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in the United States, with nearly 135,000 cases reported in 2016. The likelihood of surviving colorectal cancer is strongly related to the stage in which it is diagnosed. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine looked at screening adherence rates and found that individuals with certain disabilities are less likely to receive recommended preventive screenings. The researchers hope the finding will lead to […]