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Fryns Syndrome

Fryns syndrome is an extremely rare inherited disorder characterized by multiple abnormalities that are present at birth (congenital). Characteristic symptoms and physical findings include protrusion of part of the stomach and/or small intestines into the chest cavity (diaphragmatic hernia), abnormalities of the head and face area (craniofacial region), and underdevelopment of the ends of the…

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Gearing Up for Back-to-School Season

Shopping for school supplies and new clothes isn’t the only thing you’ll need to get done this August to make sure your child (and you!) are ready for the new school year. From ensuring that your kid’s teachers are aware of any special requirements to helping your child understand the importance of education, getting ‘back-to-school ready’ is easy with these quick tips.

Get into a routine
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How to Respectfully Communicate with People with Disabilities

The first steps of empowering and respectfully communicating with people with disabilities are making an effort and fine tuning awareness. There’s no absolute formula for compassion, but putting forth the effort — any effort, really — goes miles.

Recognize there are trigger words that often carry a deep connotation of disrespect and disregard for a magnitude of communities. Titles like “cripple,”…

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Muscle-Eye-Brain Disease

What is Muscle-Eye-Brain Disease?
Muscle-eye-brain disease (MEB) is an inherited condition causing a number of symptoms including muscle weakness, vision abnormalities, brain structure abnormalities, and severe mental disability.MEB causes congenital muscular dystrophy, a form of muscle weakness that is present from birth or develops shortly after birth. It causes an infant to feel floppy in all…

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BraunAbility: Final Paratransit Van in October

BraunAbility is scheduled to build their final Paratransit commercial vehicle in October and honor the life of the vehicle line with a celebration on Wednesday. The paratranist line produced mobility-equipped full-size vans for commercial use.

Over 25,000 Paratransit vans were built in Winamac over the course of the vehicle’s life, with 3,000 being delivered to North Carolina alone. Kim Angel of…

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Vertical Lifts Make Homes Ultra-Accessible

Finding the home of your dreams can be one of the most exciting things in a person’s life. Whether you’ve always hoped to move in to an antique brick home or fantasized about a modern, sleek floor plan, everyone deserves the ability to live in his or her ideal space. Although many home-builders have designed fully accessible homes able to provide a barrier free lifestyle for those with…

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Lewy Body Dementia

 Lewy Body DementiaWhat Is LBD?

LBD is not a rare disease. It affects an estimated 1.3 million individuals and their families in the United States. Because LBD symptoms can closely resemble other more commonly known diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it is currently widely underdiagnosed. Many doctors or other medical professionals still are not familiar with LBD.LBD is an umbrella term for two related…

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