Diet & Nutrition: From Babies To Teens

BY JORDAN CAPIZOLA AND LILLIAN DUFFIELD The new year inspires many people to set goals for themselves, especially when it comes to diet and nutrition. People, especially parents, see it as an opportunity to reset their behaviors and develop healthier habits. Parents spend a great deal of time researching ideas and recipes for how to keep their families healthy, but sometimes researching information online can be daunting. It seems like every day there is new […]

Telehealth and Children with Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, LISA BARD LEVINE, MD, MBA, ANDREW G. SCHWARTZ, DDS, FACD, RICK RADER, MD, FAAIDD, DHL (HON) AND STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) “Persons with severe functional disabilities are the highest users of health care services. Care for the needs of this population represents a significant percentage of our national health care costs. A growing body of research has demonstrated […]

It Just Seems Normal

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH AND CHARLES D. LARSEN, DMD, MS The 1990 Americans with Disabilities (ADA) legislation set the civil rights ground rules that prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general […]

Resources For Multi-Sensory Environments

BY JANICE K. RYAN, OTD, OTR/L Multi-sensory activities are suggested that are easy to locate, relatively inexpensive to buy, and will allow you to better understand how to create your child’s and family’s own personally-preferred home environment. The American Association of Multi-Sensory Environment (AAMSE) approach to treating people with special needs is an evolution of earlier ideas put forth by occupational therapists, neurophysiologists, educators, and the energy techniques used by complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) […]

Joining The Fight For Human Rights

Special Olympics has found that people with intellectual disabilities are being excluded from national laws and policies in countries around the world. BY JAVIER VASQUEZ To the rest of the world, human rights are assumed and not questioned. Special Olympics fights for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) to obtain the same human rights as everyone else. Human rights are defined as universal freedoms and entitlements all human beings share, whatever their race, nationality, place of […]

Including People With Disabilities In The Communities’ Public Health Initiatives To Eliminate Health Disparities

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. “By every measure, persons with disabilities disproportionately and inequitably experience morbidity and mortality associated with unmet healthcare needs in every sphere. Minorities with disabilities are doubly burdened by their minority status.” – “Assuring Health Equity for Minority Persons with Disabilities. A Statement of Principles and Recommendations.” A recommendation report from the HHS Advisory Committee on Minority Health. July 2011. People with disabilities are a recently recognized population1 affected by health disparities. […]

Are Refugees with Disabilities Overlooked in the General Multitude of Displaced Persons?

BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH “As many as 7.7 million of the world’s 51 million people displaced by conflict have disabilities. People with disabilities are among the most hidden and neglected of all displaced people, excluded from or unable to access most aid programs because of physical and social barriers or because of negative attitudes and biases.” 1 Another report […]

Supporting College Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries for Academic and Employment Success

BY PHILLIP RUMRILL * EILEEN ELIAS ** DEBORAH J. HENDRICKS *** KAREN JACOBS **** ANNE LEOPOLD ** AMANDA NARDONE **** DEBORAH MINTON * AIYANA TAYLOR ** ELAINE SAMPSON *** MARCIA SCHERER ***** * KENT STATE UNIVERSITY; ** JBS INTERNATIONAL, INC.; *** WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY; **** BOSTON UNIVERSITY; ***** UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER; ****** VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY AUTHOR NOTE The contents of this article were developed under a grant from the United States Department of Education, NIDRR […]

Shared Vision For Inclusive Health

Formally established in 2001, Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes has provided more than 350,000 vision screenings for people with intellectual disabilities BY NIKKI VILLANUEVA “It’s amazing he was even walking around.” That was the reaction of Fotis Velissarakos, the volunteer doctor in charge of the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes venue in Athens to Hicham Novara, a swimmer from Morocco competing at World Games in 2011. Novara came to Velissarakos with extremely […]

Transitions: Moving from pediatric care to adult care can be tricky. Here are eight questions to ask your doctor to facilitate the process.

Kritz, Fran Neurology Now: October/November 2017 – Volume 13 – Issue 5 – p 10–11 Many neurologic diseases, such as epilepsy, spinal muscular atrophy, muscular dystrophy, or Down syndrome, begin in childhood when patients are seen by pediatric neurologists. What happens when these patients age into adulthood? Do they stay with their pediatric specialist or switch to a neurologist who treats adults or both children and adults? The accepted wisdom is to transition to doctors […]