November 9 2011 Children with Special Needs Newsletter
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome
The National Down Syndrome Society has established criteria to evaluate companies that develop non-invasive prenatal diagnostic tests for Down syndrome. Resources for genetic counselors and medical professionals delivering a prenatal diagnosis are available through advocacy organizations and publishers.
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Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE Act)
"The ABLE Act will give individuals with disabilities and their families the ability to save for their child's future just like every other American family, and help people with disabilities live full,
productive lives in their communities without losing benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s
employment, and other sources.
The account could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation."
"Please contact state reps to cosponsor the ABLE Act. Important for people with disabilities to have assets & not lose benefits."
"The plan will encourage families and individuals to save which may be the ticket to a more independent life and certainly one with more dignity. You can learn more about the legislation at ABLE ACT of the 112th Congress."
"The bill is set to be reintroduced the week of November 14 so the time is now to make your calls. You can find out who you need to contact, contact information and even talking points at
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This Diabetes Awareness Month Tell the World You Aren’t Equal
"A few days ago, I heard about the JDRF ad ... shows a beautiful little girl with type 1 diabetes, along with a statistic that made my jaw drop. One in twenty people with type 1 diabetes will die of low blood sugar. One in twenty will die from hypoglycemia?! Seriously? 1 in 20?"
EmPower Diabetes Disaster Plan
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. As funding is cut or threatened to be eliminated for medicaid prescription coverage for adequate diabetes testing supplies for individuals with Type One diabetes there can be no question that the costs in human life and health will increase, as will costs for emergency care and treatment of the terrible consequences of poorly controlled diabetes. Now more than ever, our children's classmates, friends and extended families need to be more aware of symptoms of unsafe blood sugar and how to intervene. Please share articles and resources with your child's school and medical professionals to benefit children with diabetes and their families.
Diabetes Information for Classmates and their families
Down Syndrome and Juvenile Diabetes Dual Diagnosis
Symptoms of Childhood Onset Diabetes
School Nurses and Diabetes Care
Surgery and Children with Diabetes
Nick Jonas and Diabetes Awareness
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Mainstream Classes and Loneliness
Plastic Surgery and Down Syndrome
Communication Alternatives - Childhood Disabilities
Type One Diabetes Information for Classmates
Forgiving Family - Childhood Disabilities
Transition Planning for Teens w/ Disabilities
Encouraging Friendship - Childhood Disabilities
Explaining Disabilities to Classmates
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