Holiday Travel Tips for People with Disabilities

The Transportation Security Administration has shared some important tips to help you better prepare for security screening at our Nation’s airport screening checkpoints for the 2018 holiday traveling season. In anticipation of increased wait times and long lines, we are providing the following TSA travel tips: • All travelers should arrive at least two hours early for domestic and three hours early for international flights, to allow plenty of time to get through security screening. […]

Solutions for Five Common ADA Access Problems at Polling Places

Voting is one of our nation’s most fundamental rights and a hallmark of our democracy. Voting in-person on Election Day is the way most Americans cast their ballot and vote, but for far too long, many voters with disabilities who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices have had difficulties getting inside polling places to vote because of architectural barriers. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public entities to ensure that people […]

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities

Voting is one of our nation’s most fundamental rights and a hallmark of our democracy. Yet for too long, many people with disabilities have been excluded from this core aspect of citizenship.  People with intellectual or mental health disabilities have been prevented from voting because of prejudicial assumptions about their capabilities.  People who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids, such as walkers, have been unable to enter the polling place to cast their ballot because […]

Five Myths & the Real Facts for Employers

MYTH #1 MYTH “Hiring employees with disabilities increases workers compensation insurance rates.” FACT Insurance rates are based solely on the relative hazards of the operation and the organization’s accident experience, not on whether workers have disabilities. MYTH #2 MYTH “Providing accommodations for people with disabilities is expensive.” FACT The majority of workers with disabilities do not need accommodations to perform their jobs, and for those who do, the cost is usually minimal. In fact, 56% […]

18 Tips for Getting Quality Special Education Services for Your Child

Before the IEP(1) Meeting 1. Request Needed Assessments in Writing or Get Independent Assessments Your child can be assessed in any area of suspected disability and for any services needed for him to benefit from school. For example: assessments may be done of reading or math levels; on the modifications needed to fully include your child; for therapy services (OT, PT, speech, mental health) and to identify assistive technology like a communication device. If you […]

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 […]

THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

by: Shandra Umazar I clicked on the email from Beyond Academic it read: I am pleased to inform you that Islah has performed exceptionally this year as a junior in the Integrative Community Studies Program here at UNCG. Her overall GPA places her class rank in the junior class as #1! This significant achievement means that she will be designated as Chief Marshal for the Beyond Academics Commencement Ceremony in May. I sat straight up, […]

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 […]

Why Doctors Should Ask About the Use of Supplements in Patients with Down Syndrome

My wife is a pediatrician and in better health than I am. She is physically fit and obsessively exercises, which is more than I would claim about myself. She begins her day in a routine way, which includes drinking a foul-smelling concoction of green tea, herbs, and spices that are said to have anti-inflammatory qualities. She uses it to wash down fist-full of supplements, which are without solid scientific evidence of extending life or delivering […]

Parental Perspectives on Down Syndrome Research Webinar – July 31 – NTG notice

In our webinar series this year, participants have heard from researchers and me about the exciting research that is getting closer to clinical trials and the potential outcomes these promising interventions could have on individuals with Down syndrome. Today, I invite you to register for our July 31st webinar to hear about the priorities, expectations and concerns for Down syndrome research that families have. Parental Perspectives on Down Syndrome Research and 5 ways to families can […]