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Down Syndrome - Parent to Parent Contact
Families of babies newly diagnosed with Down syndrome may not have access to information or encouragement until their babies enroll in early intervention services and may be on wait lists. Parent groups rely on volunteers to put together info packets or welcome baskets and make hospital visits.

Privacy Issues - Childhood Disabilities
The availability of a national and even a world-wide audience for sharing information, experiences and support for parents of children and teens with childhood disabilities has caused concern over privacy issues that may negatively impact individuals with disabilities or developmental delays.

Diabetes Awareness
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, to educate communities about Type 1 Diabetes: life-long, childhood onset, insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM); and the much more common Type 2 Diabetes that many adults with insulin-resistance can treat with medication, weight loss, and other strategies.

Writers Raising Children with Down Syndrome
Writers who are raising children with Down syndrome may be held to stricter rules for parenting, self-reflection, and choices related to self-disclosure. Differences in education, culture, economic status, or other social markers may be less divisive than issues shared from similar backgrounds.

How Children with Type 1 Diabetes Survive
The bodies of Children with Type 1 Diabetes have lost the ability to make the insulin they need to survive. Undiagnosed children with T1D are at risk of permanent disability, coma, or death from high blood sugar, and once diagnosed, are at risk for seizures or death due to low blood sugar every day.

Costume Parties and Childhood Disabilities
October in the USA may bring invitations to parties or school events that feature costumes and holiday celebrations that can help children with disabilities. Halloween costumes help them explore different characters and a sense of personal powerfulness. It may also introduce new sensory challenges.

Intervening with Abusive Mothers in Public
Observing abusive situations in public between a mother and child leaves many parents questioning how they could have intervened in the best interest of the child. Mothers who are overwhelmed and have no support or respite alternatives may require an expression of sympathy to initiate self-control.

Sleep, Cognitive Development and Down Syndrome
Recent studies have indicated that children with Down syndrome are much more likely to experience sleep problems that affect their cognitive development and function as well as their health.

Creating an After-School Routine
After-school routines can help students with disabilities make an easier transition from school - or transportation - to home; reduce tension between children and parents; and give kids a head start in the morning. Planning, and visual schedules, can be as helpful at home as they are at school.

Down Syndrome Awareness Events
NDSS Buddy Walks, Step Up for Down Syndrome events, and TwentyWonder in LA, all raise awareness and fund opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages, throughout the USA. Families of babies and young children can meet one another, and amazing teens and adults breaking barriers.

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