Tue, Oct

1-5: Common Disabilities

1. Healthy Diverse Populations
This Calgary Health Region website provides information about health and persons with disabilities in Canada, including a definition, demographics and common debilitating disorders.

2, The Evolution and Functions of Terminology in Special Education
This essay explores both the evolution and function of special education terminology, that is, language referring not only to categories of disability but also to depictions of children, conditions, practices, and especially attitudes that infuse special education and are fundamental to defining its form and character.

3. The Label Game
"Label Jars, Not People"- this slogan is often used by advocacy groups. But why are there labels in the first place? And where did they come from?

4. The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is the professional association run by and for professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

5. Autism Society of Canada (ASC)
ASC is a federation of Canada-wide provincial and territorial autism societies or their equivalent. By linking its member societies across the country, ASC represents a very large collective voice of the autism community in Canada. An online brochure and an Autism Awareness Wristband are available from ASC . Links to Provincial and Territorial Societies are also included.

5. Health Canada - Autism
This webpage provides information about autism, what Health Canada is doing, and the role fo the federal government.

6. Aspergers Society of Ontario - What is Asperger Syndrome?
This website provides information about Aspergers Syndrome.

7. Aspergers Adults Support Network
A support network for adults with Aspergers Syndrome, including a number of email lists.

8. Possible Triggers of Autism
The Autism Research Institute provides information about possible triggers of autism and ways to protect family from known dangers like environmental toxins. It also provides information on the treatment of autism.

9. Prevalence of Autism in Canada
According to the Autism Society of Canda, autism is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder affecting children and one of the most common developmental disabilities.

10. The Autism Clock
The autism clock calculates the current estimated U.S. incidence of autism for children ages 3-22. It was developed to allow real-time access to the current Autism incidence. The U.S. Economic Cost is calculated using an estimate of USD $30,000 annually for each child.

11. Echolalia
This Wikipedia article states echolalia is the repetition of vocalizations made by another person. Echolalia is present in autism, Tourette syndrome, Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, developmental disability, schizophrenia and, occasionally, other forms of psychopathology. When done involuntarily, it is considered a tic.

12. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This Public Health Agency of Canada website provides information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD, incuding answers to some of the questions often asked about FASD.

13. "Damaged Angels" Book Review
Adoptive mother Bonnie Buxton learned her daughter suffers from permanent brain damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. Buxton presents well-documented studies and anecdotal evidence that challenge the notion that there is a safe threshold of alcohol consumption or a safe time to drink during pregnancy. When prenatal alcohol exposure results in FASD, children may require specialized treatment for learning disabilities and behavior problems. Diagnosis is key yet often elusive.

14. What Would You Do? - The "No Thanks" Card
These cards have a drawing of a pregnant woman, with the text "I say 'No Thanks' to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. I want my baby to have the best start for a healthy life." Government of Canada offers an online publication, The Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.

15. FASD Connections
A committed to helping Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), their families, those who provide them services and those who love them.

16. FASworld
FASworld is an international alliance of parents and professionals who do not want to see any more children, teenagers and adults struggle with birth defects caused when their mothers drank alcohol in pregnancy.

17. The Faces of Hidden Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Support Network video, which is 3:46 in length, can be viewed on YouTube.

18. FAS Stars
The photographs and personal stories on this website have been shared to allow others to see what life with FAS/E is like. The stories are organized by generation - The 1st Generation (adults and older teens), The Now Generation (youths) and The New Generation (children).

19. Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta is a collaborative partner with community agencies/ organizations in advocating on behalf of individuals with cerebral palsy. It is a leader in delivering programs and services, educating and providing information on treatment and resources relating to cerebral palsy in the province of Alberta.

20. ABLEDATA - Your Source for Assistive Technology Information
ABLEDATA classifies the products listed in the ABLEDATA database of assistive technology by each product's intended function or any special features it possesses. The products are classified in 19 areas. Clicking on a topic will link users to a list of the major categories within that topic, from which they can see the list of specific product types in that category.

21. Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
With more than 5,000 members, SLAC is the only national body that supports and represents the professional needs of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel inclusively within one organization. Through this support, SLAC champions the needs of people with communications disorders.

22. Wheelchair Animations - Graphics

23. Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Associations

24. Messages from the Minister of Health
Messages from from Minister of Health.

25. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) is an American handbook for mental health professionals that lists different categories of mental disorders and the criteria for diagnosing them, according to the publishing organization the American Psychiatric Association.

26. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)
The DSM uses a multiaxial or multidimensional approach to diagnosing because rarely do other factors in a person's life not impact their mental health. It assesses five dimensions as described on this webpage.

27. National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health. NIMH supports research on a number of disorders, including anxiety disorders.

28. Anxiety Disorder
This Wikipedia webpage discusses anxiety disorder.

29. Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada
ADAC/ACTA is a registered Canadian non-profit organization whose aim is to promote the prevention, treatment and management of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of people who suffer from them.

30. Canadian Mental Health Association - Alberta Division
The Alberta Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association is part of a nation-wide, charitable organization that promotes the mental health of all and supprts the resilience and recovery of those experiencing mental illness.

31. Canadian Mental Health Association
• Anxiety Disorders
• Depression
• Schizophrenia

32. Patient Stories: Videos from NAMI Conference, July 2006
Expert Patient John McManamy and Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institue of Mental Health, discuss how to find information, treatment, support and clinical trials for bipolar disorder in this series of videos.

33. Schizophrenia Society of Canada
Schizophrenia Society of Canada is committed to:
• Raising awareness and educating the public to help reduce stigma and discrimination,
• Supporting families and individuals,
• Advocating for legislative change and improved treatment and services, and
• Supporting research through the SSC Foundation and other independent efforts.

34. Schizophrenia.com
Facts about Schizophrenia from schizophrenia.com. Started in 1995, Schizophrenia.com is a non-profit web community dedicated to providing information, support and education to the family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been impacted by schizophrenia.


36. Asthma Society of Canada
Education and awareness is the key to helping Canadians achieve symptom-free asthma. For close to 25 years, Asthma Society of Canada has been a leader in asthma care.

37. The Roaring Adventures of Puff
The purpose of this website is to guide health care professionals in the implementation of Roaring Adventures of Puff, which is designed for children six to twelve years of age.

38. iCAN
The iCAN Website sponsored by the Community Pediatric Asthma Service, Calgary Health Region. It includes:
• an animated movie for children
• a series of 35 asthma education videos
• a list of asthma links

39. Alberta Education - Special Education
Special education refers to the education of students and ECS children identified with mild, moderate, or severe disabilities or as gifted and talented. It is founded on the belief that all children can learn and reach their full potential — given opportunity, effective teaching and appropriate resources.

40. Anxiety Disorders: Future Directions for Research and Treatment
To contribute to the empirical knowledge base of effective treatment strategies, and to further discussions among stakeholders in the mental health and health care fields on this issue, Health Canada commissioned a critical review of the evidence-based treatment literature and a discussion paper.

41. I Define Me!
This YouTube video was produced by Calgary SCOPE Society and My voice...My turn!

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