NATIONAL DISABILITY NEWS
"The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) congratulates our colleague Joe Valenzano on the announcement of his being named as the recipient of the 2013 UNICO Americanism Award. UNICO is a national Italian American service organization. The name is the Italian word for unique, one of a kind.
Joe is the Publisher-CEO of Exceptional Parent Magazine and a known advocate, educator and supporter of the disability community. This particular award was in recognition of his work on behalf of military families impacted by disabilities - either a child with intellectual and developmental disabilities or a warrior with an acquired service related disability. Exceptional Parent Magazine has provided military specific editorial content for the Dept of Defense's Exceptional Family Member Program for many years. Joe has served with distinction on a number of advisory boards in the support of our military families. Congratulations to Joe on this recognition."
-- Rick Rader, MD; VP, AADMD External Affairs
In Memoriam: Katie Beckett May 22, 2012If anyone has ever had, or known of a child with special health care needs, they may have heard about the Ill and Handicapped Waiver, also known as the Katie Beckett Waiver. When Katie was six months old she fell ill with viral encephalitis, requiring hospitalization and placement on a ventilator. She was never able to be weaned off the ventilator and, after a couple of years, her family tried to advocate for her to be cared for her at home. READ MORE
Indiana Senator Brent Waltz Highlights New Guidelines for Infant Heart Disease Screening Oct 31, 2011In less than a minute and for as little as $10, the life of a newborn can be saved.
Sen. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood) carried the important issue of pulse oximetry testing to state legislators in a new law passed earlier this year and now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has validated Indiana's actions by adding the simple procedure to its list of recommended newborn screenings. READ MORE
Kansas Promotes September as Newborn Screening Month Oct 13, 2011Topeka— The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is proud to promote Newborn Screening Awareness Month in September. While most newborns look perfectly healthy, there are some diseases that aren't visible. Unless these diseases are identified and treated early, they can cause severe illness, mental retardation, or in some cases death. To test for these diseases, about 24 hours after birth, a baby's heel is pricked and a small sample of blood is collected by the hospital staff. This blood is then sent to the State public health laboratory where it is tested for several different diseases. If the test is abnormal, re-testing must be done to confirm a diagnosis. READ MORE
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