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Autism Awareness on the Neighborhood

April is Autism Awareness Month! Join us as we celebrate our friends and neighbors with autism. You can make a difference! Here on the Neighborhood, we’re celebrating Autism Awareness Month with a round-up of resources on autism for providers and families:

  • Today (April 2nd) is World Autism Awareness Day, an internationally-recognized day to raise awareness about autism and celebrate individuals with autism in our communities and around the globe. Read more about World Autism Awareness Day on the United Nations website: https://www.un.org/en/events/autismday/
  • The First Words Project at Florida State University developed a free, printable…
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World Down Syndrome Day 2019

In 2011, the United Nations (UN) declared March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day, an annual opportunity to raise awareness about Down syndrome. Each year, organizations and individuals around the world gather on March 21st to recognize and celebrate the important role that people with Down syndrome play in our communities. In its resolution, the UN “[recognizes] the inherent dignity, worth and valuable contributions of persons with intellectual disabilities as promoters of the well-being and diversity of their communities, and the importance of their individual autonomy and independence, including the freedom to make their own choices.”…

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From the NACDD website: "Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), partners with Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disabilities Rights Network (NDRN) to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live." Let us know in the comments what you are doing…

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World Prematurity Day 2018

November 17th is World Prematurity Day. On this day, organizations around the globe raise awareness about the reality of premature births: 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and premature birth is the leading cause of death for children under five*. The World Prematurity Day campaign also seeks to educate the public on the prevention of preterm birth, raise funds for research, and advocate for legislation to support parents and babies.

To find out more about World Prematurity Day, including how you can participate, visit http://www.marchofdimes.org/mission/world-prematurity-day.aspx.

* March of Dimes, 2018.…

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November is Prematurity Awareness Month

The March of Dimes has declared November to be Prematurity Awareness Month to bring attention to the issue of premature birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) in the United States. Here are some facts about premature birth in the U.S.: 

  • Around 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year, which makes up 9.8 percent of births.
  • The preterm birth rate in the U.S. is one of the worst of industrialized nations.
  • Babies who survive premature birth may experience long-term health and developmental problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness, and hearing loss.
  • The preterm birth rate among black women is 49% higher than the rate among all other women. 

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October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month! This is a month for advocacy, awareness-raising, and promoting causes that positively impact the lives of people with Down syndrome across the country. The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) offers some ideas for getting involved with Down Syndrome Awareness Month nationwide and in your community: https://www.ndsccenter.org/fall-into-october-with-ndsc/

 

Here are some facts about Down syndrome from NDSC’s Down Syndrome Informational Brochure (also available in Spanish):

  • Down syndrome occurs when a baby inherits one extra chromosome at the time of conception. There is no known cause. Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality,…
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June is National CMV Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 1 in every 150 children is born with congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus). CMV is the most common congenital (meaning present at birth) infection in the United States and is the most common viral cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities, including deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, mental and physical disabilities, seizures, and death.
 
CMV is a common virus, present in saliva, urine, tears,…
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World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome Day, an international day of awareness and advocacy. Check out https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/ to learn more about World Down Syndrome Day and view the call to action. 

 

Is your organizaton or agency doing anything to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Click on the sponsors below to learn more about events taking place in your area in recognition of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Date Location Sponsor  
10/21/17 Lodi The Brighterside of Down Syndrome of San Joaquin County  
10/21/17 San Jose Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network -Bay Area  
10/22/17 Ontario…
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