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At-Home Treatments for Common Health Conditions of People with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (9/13/2023)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD, on September 13, 2023. In this webinar, Dr. Chicoine describes common health conditions experienced by people with Down syn

Down Syndrome Podcast Series for Parents, Educators, and Medical Professionals

Author: Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania - UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

The link below goes to a list of podcasts hosted by Kishore Vellody, MD, medical director of the Children's Down Syndrome Center in Pittsburgh. Medical issues of children, teens, and adults wi

Misunderstandings Caused by Different Perceptions

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Sometimes, we are asked questions about individuals with Down syndrome who are said to be “lying” or “telling lies.” People with Down syndrome (just like people

Finding the Right Job for Me

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L and Valerie Schlieder, OTD, OTR/L - Adult Down Syndrome Center

There are many things to think about when we are looking for a job that is right for us. The visual linked below describes a variety of potential jobs and job settings, provides a list of questions to

Rules for Successful Workplace Conversations

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The handout linked below shares information on appropriate conversations at work. It lists topics that are appropriate to discuss at work. It also explains that appropriate topics may depend on who we

Tips for Being a Successful Employee

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout shares tips for individuals with Down syndrome to be successful in the workplace.

Story about Work

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

What should we do and how should we behave at work so that we are good employees? The story linked below answers those questions.  Story about Work   Access more employment resources

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Recently, we were asked about emergency preparedness and safety resources for people with Down syndrome. We started to research the topic and found numerous resources that may be helpful to people wit

Resources for Siblings

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

The resources in the Families and Caregivers  section of our Resource Library are intended for a broad audience of parents, siblings, friends, and caregivers of individuals with Down

Information on COVID-19 Booster Shots from the Adult Down Syndrome Center

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD, Erin Dominiak, MD, and Hannah Graham, MD - Adult Down Syndrome Center

We are in the process of updating this resource. Please see the CDC website for the current recommendations. UPDATED May 10, 2023 The physicians of the Adult Down Syndrome Center recommend that indivi

DSMIG-USA Speaker Series for Health Care Professionals

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - Continuing Education for Professionals

  Click here to access the Speaker Series   Overview (from the DSMIG-USA website) The Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA) Speaker Series consists of webinars and end

Information Forms to Share with Hospitals and Clinics

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resources

Visiting a hospital or clinic can be a stressful or frightening experience for some individuals with Down syndrome. The stress and fear can be increased if the healthcare providers are unfami

Tips for Going Up and Down Stairs Safely

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L and Abby Rowley, LCSW - Adult Down Syndrome Center

Going up and down stairs can be challenging for some people with Down syndrome. Aging, differences in depth perception, unsteady gait, and other issues may contribute to difficulty with navigating sta

Resources on Developing Greater Independence

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Becoming more independent is a goal for many adolescents and adults with Down syndrome. This goal may vary significantly from person to person. It can range from wanting to become more independent wit

Activities You Can Do at Home

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Are you looking for suggestions of activities you can do at home? We have compiled a list of some ideas below! There are ideas for arts and crafts , cooking , education/learning , fitness and physical

Keratoconus in People with Down Syndrome

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We received a question about treatment of keratoconus in people with Down syndrome.  What is keratoconus? Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the cornea (the clear part in the front of t

Employment Resources

Author: Ann Garcia and Jennifer Smid - Patient Advocates, Adult Down Syndrome Center

This list of resources was compiled by the patient advocates at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Some of these resources are specific to the greater Chicagoland area and/or Illinois. If you are looking

College and Vocational Training Resources

Author: Ann Garcia - Patient Advocate, Adult Down Syndrome Center

This list of resources was compiled by Ann Garcia, patient advocate at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Most of these resources are specific to the greater Chicagoland area and/or Illinois. If

Healthcare Experiences of Patients With Down Syndrome Who Are Black, African American, of African Descent, or of Mixed Race

Author: Krell et al. - American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A (2022)

Abstract Scant research has explored the healthcare experiences of people with Down syndrome (DS) in the United States who are Black, African American, of African descent, or of mixed race. The purpos

Financial Impact of a Specialized Down Syndrome Clinic: Implications and Support for Institutional Support of Specialty Care Clinics

Author: VanZant & Vellody - American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A

Abstract Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) have specific health care needs and require additional screening and surveillance for commonly associated conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics (A

Resources on Executive Functioning and Down Syndrome

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Executive functioning (or executive function) describes skills and mental processes that enables us to set goals, make plans, and manage daily life. Working memory, flexible thinking, self-control, an

Benefits of Visual Supports Video

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Visuals can assist people with and without Down syndrome in many ways. We do not think that they are something that we "outgrow." In fact, many of us use visual supports (such as app

Long COVID in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

A complication of having COVID-19 infection is a condition called long COVID (it has also been called long-haul COVID, chronic COVID, post-COVID conditions, and others). The National Task Group on Int

Bias in the Health Care System: Advocating for People with Down Syndrome Webinar (10/19/2022)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Brian Chicoine, MD, presented a webinar called "Bias in the Health Care System: Advocating for People with Down Syndrome" on October 19, 2022. The webinar was hosted by LuMi

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