DHDD Newsletter - July 2019

Newsletter-Human Development and Disability: Improving Health, Helping Children

Dr. Georgina Peacock

A Note from the DHDD Director:

Dear colleagues –

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, turned ‘29’ this month and DHDD was delighted to help celebrate this momentous occasion through the launch of a CDC Feature, an internal CDC article to agency staff, as well as continued publications and important meetings with your organizations. Additionally, we continue to promote disability inclusion through social media outlets and partner engagement. Thank you to you all for your continued collaboration and inspiring work!

– Dr. Georgina Peacock, Director, DHDD

DHDD Champions the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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NCBDDD Recognizes the 29-Year Anniversary of ADA

July 26 marks the 29th anniversary of ADAexternal icon, a landmark civil rights law that promotes equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities, as well as protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination.

We invite you to celebrate with us and take advantage of the several resources we are highlighting this month:

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Building Awareness for Disability Inclusion through Social Media

DHDD continued its disability inclusion awareness campaign this month by celebrating the 29th anniversary of the ADA on Twitter! Additionally, in late June, DHDD honored 20 years of the Olmstead decision on social media – a significant Supreme Court ruling that helps people with disabilities realize the legislative promise of full community integration. #Olmstead #PWD #InclusionMatters #ADA29 #Inclusion4Health

DHDD in Action – New Stories and Science

Myotonic Dystrophy family
Living with Muscular Dystrophy

CDC supports the Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance, Tracking, and Research Network, known as MD STARnet. MD STARnet collects critical information about muscular dystrophy that will improve care for those living with the disease.

Myotonic dystrophy is one of the most common types of muscular dystrophy, characterized by progressive muscle weakness that can affect many parts of the body, including the heart and lungs.

Read more about Paul and Carly’s stories about living with Myotonic Dystrophy »

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Fragile X Syndrome Awareness Day (July 22)

In a study entitled “Preventive Care Services and Health Behaviors in Children with Fragile X Syndromeexternal icon” researchers from CDC and other organizations present data on recommended preventive services received by children and young adults with fragile X syndrome (FXS).

This research points out the need for improvements in delivery of preventive services to children with FXS.

This study is based on a survey of parents of children and young adults with FXS. The survey of parents was fielded as part of the Fragile X Online Registry with Accessible Research Database, known as FORWARDexternal icon. FORWARD is supported by CDC.

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Composite of Post Event Wellbeing (COPEWELL) Project

A DHDD co-authored paper entitled “Top-down and bottom-up measurement to enhance community resilience to disasters” was recently accepted by the American Journal of Public Health.

This new paper stems from CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) COPEWELL projectexternal icon. Stay tuned for its upcoming publication!

Did you know? Parents typically first notice tics in their children around 8
Tourette Syndrome Data

There are ticks, and there are tics. A new study authored by DHDD in the Journal of Developmental  and Behavioral provides parent-reported data on what parents are saying about Tourette Syndrome and their child’s developmentexternal icon.

Learn about new data on tics here!

DHDD Partnering to Make an Impact

Visitors from the Tourette Association of America

Photo (left to right) – Amanda Talty (TAA, President and CEO), Diana Shineman (TAA, VP Research and Medical Programs), Randi Zemsky (TAA, Board Chair), Chelsea Tollner (TAA, CDC Program Director), Jennifer Kaminski (DHDD/CDS), Elizabeth Walker (NCBDDD/OD), and Diana Felner (TAA, VP Public Policy]

This month, visitors from the Tourette Association of Americaexternal icon met with leadership and staff from CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) to share their ongoing priorities, strategic vision, recent partnership efforts, and discuss new data on emerging issues for children and families living with TS.

Learn more about the CDC’s work to help children living with TS.

Check out what else DHDD and its partners have been up to here!

DHDD’S mission is to lead inclusive programs to optimize the health and development of children and adults with, or at risk for, disabilities.

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