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A New Year of Abilities star
What's in store for you in 2011? Made any resolutions? Looking for embark on anything new? Read on for some inspiration.

An Overview of Arthrogryposis star
Arthrogryposis can be literally translated from Greek as meaning, “curved joint”. The term encompasses a group of rare conditions that include joint contractures and often muscles that are developed abnormally.

Coping with Blindness star
With advanced technology, better legislation and more social acceptance, it is getting easier for people who Blind and visually impaired to be productive in life, including enjoying a good book.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome star
It is estimated that Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) affects about 1 in 5,000 persons worldwide. This inherited disorder results in the abnormal development of collagen that affects the joints and skin in varying degrees that range from mild symptoms to critical complications.

Epilepsy: Seizing More Knowledge star
Epilepsy does not have to mean an end to a quality life in the slightest. Know the signs, the causes, treatments and therapies the help you maximize your life with seizures!

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Living with Spina Bifida star
Spina Bifida is the most common occuring disability at birth. However, people like John Cougar Mellencamp, wheelchair athlete Jean Driscoll, and "THE Disabilities Coach," Monica J. Foster, who have the disability lead normal lives.

Lupus, The Great Imitator star
Lupus is sometimes called "the great imitator" because its symptoms are often like the symptoms of other chronic illness conditions and diseases. Learn the symptoms, impact, care and ways to deal with lupus

More Little People On Television star
Dwarfism is a condition that is characterized by short stature experienced by people who most likely prefer to be called 'little people,' according the organization Little People of America. Television today has found a place for us to learn about their trials and triumphs on a daily basis.

Multiple Sclerosis star
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disabling condition that attacks the central nervous system. It primarily hurts the nerves that have the job of communicating in the central nervous system and the nerves throughout the body. It can impair speech and movement.

Polio Forgotten But Not Gone star
Until the 1960s, poliomyelitis was a global epidemic. The polio vaccine may have eradicated it from the Western Hemisphere many years ago, but it is still actively affecting several countries.

Self-Growth After Amputation star
It's been a year as an amputee on wheels. I've gained twice as much as I've lost and have much to share.

Some Facts About Sacral Agenesis star
Sacral Agenesis occurs in one out of every 25,000 births. It is a congenital disorder manifested by abnormal development of the lower spine.

The FASD Umbrella star
FASD is an umbrella term describing the range effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. FASD affects an individual from birth into adulthood, but help can be found.

The Many Faces of Aphasia star
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), aphasia affects at least 1,000,000 people in the United States. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that affects the ability to process language, the ability to speak and understand others.

The Painful Path of RSD/CRPS star
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, AKA complex regional pain syndrome is exactly that -- very painful. Let's look at the signs and symptoms, how it affects the person, causes and available treatments.

The Upshot of Down Syndrome star
Down syndrome is a developmental disability that occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st genetic chromosome. This disability has shifted opinions in experts and families as more and more individuals develop into and are supported as valuable members of the community.

Understanding Narcolepsy and Cataplexy star
Narcolepsy and cataplexy are thought to be autoimmune diseases. They can be disabling and are incurable.

What Is Hydrocephalus? star
Hydrocephalus, known by some as 'water on the brain' is a complex condition that can occur as a result of other disabilities and cause other impairments if not treated. Let's learn more.

What Is Spinal Muscular Atrophy? star
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a neuromuscular disease characterized by degeneration of motor neurons resulting in progressive muscular atrophy (wasting away) and weakness. The clinical spectrum of SMA ranges from early infant death to normal adult life with only mild weakness.

Working with Manual Dexterity Challenges star
Many people have manual dexterity issues when they are dealing with cerebral palsy, arthritis, Parkinson´s and other disabilities. You can continue to work or seek other employment. Retraining and education is also possible.

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