Tuesday, September 26, 2006

High Rate of Sleep Apnea in Down Syndrome Kids

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FRIDAY, April 21 (HealthDay News) -- "Abnormal sleep patterns and obstructive sleep apnea affect more than half of children with Down syndrome, but parents may not know whether their children have these problems, U.S. researchers report."

"Based on the findings, they also advise that all parents of youngsters with Down syndrome get their child's sleep patterns tested by polysomnography by age 3 or 4."

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

High-Tech Glasses Help Those With Tunnel Vision

image of leaves as seen by someone with tunnel visionTHURSDAY, Sept. 7 (HealthDay News) -- "A visual aid invented by U.S. scientists may help improve vision and mobility for people with tunnel vision."

"The study found that the device -- which combines a tiny camera, a pocket-sized computer and transparent computer display mounted on a pair of glasses -- significantly increased the effectiveness and speed with which visually impaired people were able to find objects."

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006


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2007 Henry B. Betts Award - Nominations Due October 7, 2006

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
is now accepting nominations for the 2007 HENRY B. BETTS

The Henry B. Betts Award program, administered by AAPD, was
created by the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Rehabilitation
Institute of Chicago in 1989 to annually honor individuals who
have, in the course of their work, helped to lead the societal
transformation that is producing dramatically better outcomes
and higher expectations for the diverse groups that make up the
disability community in the United States and around the world.
Typically, one outstanding living individual is selected each
year to receive The Henry B. Betts Award with an unrestricted
$50,000 cash award at AAPDs annual Leadership Gala in
Washington, D.C.

To nominate an individual: http://www.aapd.com/.
Nominations due: Friday, October 7, 2006.

Questions and submissions for the Henry B. Betts Award:
Call: 1-800-840-8844 (v/tty)
Email: aapdbetts@aol.com

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
Phone: 800-840-8844 (v/tty) or 202-457-0046 (v/tty)
Fax: 202-457-0473
Website: http://www.aapd.com/

Pathways to Independence Conference

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The SC Independent Living Council is holding its 8th annual Pathways to Independence Conference on October 20 - 21, 2006 at Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Pathways to Independence Conference is the only statewide cross disability conference in South Carolina. It is also the only one that is designed and implemented by people with disabilities. This year we are expecting to have more than 250 attendants with and without disabilities from across the state.

At Pathways, people with disabilities are the majority, not the minority. People are valued for who they are, and their abilities, not their disabilities. The Pathways conference offers six workshops, a networking social and a luncheon to give participants a chance to learn, ask questions, practice their skills and most importantly, to meet other people with disabilities.

The purpose of the Pathways to Independence Conference is to teach people with and without disabilities about their rights and responsibilities regarding disability and civil rights issues. It has been proven that knowledge is power and there is power in numbers. The Pathways conference is the only statewide conference that addresses the issues that all people with disabilities have in common.

The conference fees are $35.00 for participants and $15.00 for personal attendants. The conference offers scholarships to people with disabilities for overnight stay and registration.

Older Fathers And Autism: Study Found Men Over 40 Were More Likely To Have Autistic Babies

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(WebMD) "Children born to older dads may be much more likely to have autism than those with younger fathers." "A new study shows that children of 40-year-old to 49-year-old dads are nearly six times more likely to have autism than children of men under 30, regardless of the mother's age."

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