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CDC Adds Down Syndrome To COVID-19 ‘Increased Risk’ List

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is acknowledging for the first time that COVID-19 poses an especially high risk for people with Down syndrome.

January 7, 2021

With Cherished Event Canceled, Friends Bring Parade To Teen With Down Syndrome

For one teen with Down syndrome, his town's holiday parade is a highlight. Crushed that it was canceled this year, friends stepped up to bring a special parade — complete with Santa — to him.

December 11, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Toll On Disability Community

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been especially vulnerable to the social and emotional upheaval brought on by the pandemic and they face heightened health risks too.

December 9, 2020

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Couple Start Outdoor Classroom For Kids With Special Needs

With their daughter falling behind amid ongoing remote learning, one family bought a tent and set up a pop-up classroom for her and other students with disabilities in their backyard.

November 19, 2020

Mounting Evidence Points To Serious COVID-19 Risk For Those With IDD

People with developmental disabilities who contract COVID-19 face a higher risk of dying from the virus than just about anyone else, new research indicates.

November 16, 2020

Man With Down Syndrome Reaches Historic First By Completing Ironman

A 21-year-old with Down syndrome is the first with the chromosomal disorder to complete an entire Ironman triathlon, which entails swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles.

November 11, 2020

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In First, Doctors Get Guidelines For Treating Adults With Down Syndrome

New guidelines are spelling out exactly how medical care for adults with Down syndrome should be distinct from that of their typically-developing peers.

November 3, 2020

People With Down Syndrome 10 Times More Likely To Die From COVID-19

Individuals with Down syndrome are at especially high risk of hospitalization and death, researchers say, adding to evidence that the coronavirus is particularly hard on those with IDD.

October 28, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Challenges Those With Developmental Disabilities

The number of people with developmental disabilities receiving services has dropped precipitously since the pandemic started, leading to isolation, behaviors and long-term effects.

October 13, 2020

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Teen With Down Syndrome Is CEO Of Ice Cream Truck

A one-of-a-kind ice cream truck is staffed by a team of "ice cream experts" — all of whom have exceptionalities — and led by a CEO with Down syndrome.

October 13, 2020

Siblings Rally Around Their Sister With Down Syndrome

Even as their sister with Down syndrome sees her health deteriorate from dementia, a tight-knit group of siblings is determined to care for her themselves, taking on rotating shifts each day.

September 8, 2020

Strangers Send Man With Down Syndrome Cards, Letters While He Awaits Transplant

Born with Down syndrome and cardiac defects, Joe Eitl needs a heart transplant. Until that day comes, thousands of cards and letters received from friends and strangers alike keep him going.

July 28, 2020

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