New supplemental awards boost NIH funding for research on Down syndrome

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $22.2 million in supplemental funding to bolster support for Down syndrome research ranging from basic to clinical. The investment is part of the INCLUDE (INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down SyndromE) project, which was launched in June 2018 in response to a Congressional directive to develop a new trans-NIH initiative to investigate critical health and quality-of-life needs for individuals with Down syndrome. With these […]

Addressing the Academic Needs of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Secondary Education

As the number of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in secondary school settings grows, many educators are not prepared to adapt their instruction to meet state standards and the diverse needs of the full spectrum of adolescents with ASD. Yet, academic achievement in high school plays a critical role in students’ future education and career outcomes. In addition, greater demand for a technologically advanced workforce makes academic skills more essential for high school graduates. […]

Important Ways To Improve Your Cybersecurity

As the threat of cybercrime intensifies, know the basic steps to safeguard your data and assets. In 2017 alone, more than 143 million Americans were affected by cybercrimes, a jump of 30 percent from 2016.1 With cybercrime on the rise, it is more important than ever to protect your personal information. Whether it’s strengthening your passwords or treating emails from unknown senders with more caution, you can take a number of steps to reduce your […]

Positive Changes and the Release of the Xbox Adaptive Controller

I’ve been gaming for as long as I can remember. It’s always been one of my favorite ways to connect with people. My father got me started when I was young, introducing me to games that I probably shouldn’t have been playing but that I loved anyway. Games like Diablo, Final Fantasy VII, Wolfenstein, and Doom helped to shape my life and brought me closer to my dad than other activities might have. Later in […]

Special Olympics Ireland and Trinity College Dublin Partner to offer Online Training to Allied Health Professionals

Special Olympics Ireland and Trinity College Dublin Partner to offer Online Training to Allied Health Professionals A free online training course is now available from the Trinity Center for Aging and Intellectual Disability thanks to a partnership between Trinity College Dublin and Special Olympics Ireland. The course is for all allied health workers (doctors, nurses, physical therapists, dentists, pharmacists, etc.) and provides an opportunity to understand the health needs of older adults with intellectual disabilities […]

AAP Raises Concerns About Increasing Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

As more states legalize marijuana and social media touts its use for morning sickness, the nation’s pediatricians caution the drug may not be harmless.  With marijuana use more commonly reported by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report calls for more research on possible developmental effects on children. Highlighting emerging evidence that marijuana likely is not harmless as widely assumed, the AAP recommends women avoid the drug while […]

Healthy Athletes at Special Olympics Games

People with intellectual disabilities (ID)—difficulty with thinking, learning, remembering, and reasoning—experience poorer access to quality health care and have poorer health outcomes than people without ID. Learn how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with Special Olympics to improve the health of people with ID. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted in 1990, has made a positive difference in the lives of countless people with disabilities in the U.S. The […]

Alzheimer’s, down syndrome vaccine trial his important milestones

AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced two clinical milestone events related to ACI-24, its anti-Abeta vaccine against Alzheimer’s disease and Abeta-related cognitive decline in Down Syndrome, according to a release from NASDAQ. Prof. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune, said: “We are delighted with the progress of ACI-24, the anti-Abeta vaccine, derived from our proprietary SupraAntigenTM platform. In addition to the development in […]

ASHA Discourages Use of Facilitated Communication, Rapid Prompting Method

People With Communication Disabilities Have a Right to Services That Are Effective, Lead to Independent Communication, and Are Not Harmful, ASHA Says (Rockville, MD) Underscoring the importance of scientifically defensible communication interventions and citing shared concern about harm that could stem from baseless practices, the Board of Directors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has unanimously approved position statements that discourage the use of Facilitated Communication (FC), the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), and similar practices […]