Perhaps you’ve heard of most of the disabilities listed below, and perhaps one or more of them have touched your life.
A couple of years ago I became webmaster for 4 Paws for Ability, a nonprofit that trains service dogs for people with disabilities. Mostly children.
One of my jobs is to take the parents’ fundraising requests and take them, and the pictures they send, and upload them to a special page. I decided to list, at the bottom of the page, all of the disabilities and diseases that came with these special people.
The list is huge. Tonight, I decided I would take the existing list and post it so you could see what so many families face these days, and how important it is to consider how each of us can, in any way possible, be of support to these special needs:
ADD. ADHD. Adrenoleukodystrophy. Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum (ACC. Angelman Syndrome. Apraxia. Arthrogryposis. Aspergers Disorder. Asthma. Ataxia. Autism. Bilateral Club Feet. Bipolar Disorder. Bone Disorder. Brain damage from birth. Cardiomyopathy. Cerebral Palsy. Chiari I malformation. Chromosome 18 q- Syndrome. Communication Disorder. Cortical Dysplasia. Crouch Gait. Developmental Delays. Dravet Syndrome. Encephalitis. Epilepsy. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Fine Motor Delays. Fragile X. Gastroschsis. Global Developmental Delay. Hydrocephalus. Hypotonia. Legal blindness. Idiopathic Infantile Spasms. Impulse Control Disorder. Intractable Epilepsy. Ischemic stroke. Laryngomalacia. Lennox Gastaut Syndrome. Mental Retardation. Metachromatic Leukodystrophy. Microcephaly. Mitochondrial disorder. Mood Disorder. Multiple Birth Defects Syndrome. Myoclonic Astatic Epilepsy. Non-Progressive Encephalopathy. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Ocular Motor Apraxia. Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Osteoporosis. Parkinson’s. Patent Ductess Arteriosis. PDD-NOS. Pertussis. Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Pituitary Brain Tumor. Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. Polymicrogyria. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Profound ADHD. Proteus Spinal Meningitis. Pschomotor Retardation Epilepsy. Refractory Epilepsy. Respiratory Distress Disorder. Restless Leg Syndrome. Retts Syndrome. Myofacial Pain Syndrome. Scoliosis. Seizure Disorder. Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Sensory Processing Disorder. Severe Anxiety Disorder. Severe Intractable Seizure Disorder. Severe Motility Disorder. Severe Sensory Integration Disorder. Shaken Baby Syndrome. Speech Apraxia. Smith-Magenis Syndrome. Spina Bifida. Temperature Instability. Torticollis. Traumatic Brain Injury. Trisomy P Syndrome Tuberous Sclerosis. Ventricular Septal Defect. Vesticoureteral Reflux.
Hi Judy – great article as always. Being the parent of a Down syndrome child we have had our share of challenges, but have just as many (if not more) accomplishments to celebrate.
I did not see Down syndrome on your list. Perhaps I overlooked it. But wanted to add it to this “special” list. 🙂
Thank you for helping to spread awareness and acceptance for persons with disabilities.
Hi, Jodi. I’m sure I just overlooked it. I’ll add it right away!