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Melissa Riggio Made a Difference
Melissa Riggio´s birth on March 25, 1988 inspired the creation of the Special Needs section at Barnes & Noble bookstores in 1991. Her life in twenty years made more of a difference than many lives of 80. A battle with leukemia ended that extraordinary life on April 7, 2008.

Memorable Sundays - Childhood Congregations
Memories of positive interactions and inclusiveness within a family's faith community may be overwhelmed by a few unexpected negative comments or reactions, especially if we forget to share stories of the warmth and support offered by so many individuals.

Memory Loss Reversed in Mice - Down Syndrome and Alzheimers Disease Research Breakthroughs
Many parents are concerned to learn that plaques that are seen in the brains of older people with Alzheimers Disease also appear in relatively young adults with Down syndrome, although fewer show symptoms of AD

Mental Wellness in Pregnancy and Motherhood
Women who are pregnant and new mothers of babies may experience anxiety, depression or even post traumatic stress symptoms with a difficult birth, due to prenatal diagnosis of medical challenges, or while adjusting to news of a birth injury, childhood disability, or developmental delay.

Military Families and Childhood Disabilities
There may be many challenges faced by military families raising children with disabilities, chronic health conditions, or other special needs. Common problems are frequent moves, IEPs that do not transfer, lengthy or closed waiting lists, insurance coverage rules, and military-related difficulties.

Moms Under Stress Problem Behavior
Mothers who endure long-lasting stressful situations deserve support, respite care and understanding. Sometimes crisis intervention and long term help is needed.

Mosaic and Translocation Down Syndrome
About 8% eight percent of families learn that their baby does not have garden variety Trisomy 21 and are diagnosed with Translocation and Mosaicism varieties. Fewer than 3% are born with the Mosaic variety, but there is ongoing research, reliable information and support available for all families.

Mothering Babies with Special Needs
Moms of children with special needs are mothers first, and it is often that fierce basic mother love that inspires advocacy and awareness efforts that positively change the world for our daughters and sons

Mothers Day Crafts - Childhood Disabilities
Teaching children what Mother's Day means and seeing them delight their moms with gifts and cards is why the holiday was invented. Many kids with disabilities enjoy making a macaroni necklace, one of a kind bracelet, decorated photograph, computer designed artwork, advocacy pin or thank you note.

Moya Moya Disease and Down Syndrome
Moya Moya disease is a rare condition slightly more common in children with Down syndrome and should be considered if an individual with DS of any age shows symptoms of stroke, seizures, headache or continued loss of cognitive abilities. The Stanford Moyamoya Center has treated patients since 1991.

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