Pune's 'Maitra' to help mothers of special kids to relieve stress

Pune’s ‘Maitra’ to help mothers of special kids to relieve stress

“Our lives revolve around our kids. Parenting of a special child is more challenging than that of a normal child. As human beings we also want change to refresh our minds,” said Neeta Bhatwdekar after the session for mothers of the special children arranged for the first time by Maitra a social group in Pune. […]

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People affected with Down’s syndrome at a higher risk of dementia, suggests study

People with Down’s syndrome are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, which often results in developmental disabilities. Surviving to middle age used to be rare, with many dying young due to heart problems associated with the syndrome, the researchers noted. While treatment advances now enable people with Down’s syndrome to live longer, healthier […]

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This WhatsApp group ensures their members are never 'Down'

This WhatsApp group ensures their members are never ‘Down’

When Neeta and Sandip (names changed) were expecting their second baby, their excitement was palpable. After their baby girl came along, they felt blessed. The young couple, however, knew something was amiss. Their joy turned into despair and enthusiasm into helplessness when they were told their baby had Down syndrome. Like Neeta and Sandeep, many […]

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Understanding Down syndrome and therapies to manage it

Down syndrome is a congenital disorder that causes intellectual disability and physical abnormalities like a flat face, small head and ear, a short neck and poor muscle activity. Cause This disorder is caused by a variance in the number of chromosomes. Normally, a person has 46 chromosomes. People with Down syndrome have been found to […]

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Down’s syndrome: Pune mom’s WhatsApp group ensures that no child is feeling down

Parenting a ‘special child’ is always a challenge, and requires lots of stamina and mental strength. A number of times, the parents whose child is born as a ‘special child’ are not aware of the condition and how to manage it. How does one raise a special child? This is the first and foremost question […]

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This coffee shop challenges the notion of disability

This coffee shop challenges the notion of disability

Coffee shops are cool, but in Wilmington, North Carolina, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is known for its warmth. At the heart of the shop’s popularity is its unique staff: Almost everyone who works there has an intellectual or developmental disability, ranging from Down syndrome to autism to cerebral palsy. For many employees, it’s their first […]

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