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Dealing with Rude Comments or Behavior in Public
Although it has been a rare occurance, my family has experienced rude comments and behavior in public in response to people recognizing that my son has Down syndrome. Sometimes these unfortunate experiences can lead us to make mistakes in judging the reactions of others, who may have good intentions

Dental Work, Orthodonthia and Down Syndrome
Children and teens with Down syndrome often have a combination of issues that affect their mouths, gums and teeth. Orthodontists and other dental professionals who work with patients who have Down syndrome report positive relationships and excellent outcomes with appropriate orthodontic care.

Depression and Down Syndrome
Symptoms of depression in teens and young adults with Down syndrome may be mistaken for intentional misbehavior, laziness, regression, age appropriate moodiness, and sometimes psychosis. Even close family and long-term staff may not recognize when significant changes have had a negative impact.

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.

Diabetes Information for Classmates
Type One Diabetes Information for Classmates (and their families) explains diabetes and how to encourage or support friends who have type one diabetes, in school and after school. These helpful suggestions can also benefit staff, extended family, caregivers and neighbors who plan outings or events.

DIR Floortime Model Techniques
One of the most enlightening developments in therapies for children with complex challenges, including autism spectrum disorders, has been the DIR (Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based) model, especially one of its most significant elements, Floortime.

Disability Advocacy and Awareness
Disability advocacy and awareness helps children with special needs grow up included and supported in their neighborhoods and schools, and provides valuable lessons to their mainstream peers and community.

Disability and Future Planning for Parents
Families of children with disabilities have greater responsibilities in planning for the future of their son or daughter as well as the parent who is the main caregiver, especially single moms who may not have investments, health coverage, savings or retirement plans to take care of herself later.

Disability Awareness - Mobility Issues
Many mobility issues do not arise from a physical or neurological difference, but because poor city planning and design have raised barriers that are always difficult and sometimes impossible to avoid or accommodate.

Disability is Natural - Featured Website
Kathie Snow is best known for her website and eNewsletter, Disability is Natural. She is a marvelous resource for parents and professionals as well as policy makers who are dedicated to creating inclusive communities for children and adults labeled disabled.

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