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Invisible Disabilities

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One of the most heart breaking life altering events is discovering your child has been diagnosed for an incurable disease or disability. Then the fear, panic and questions set in. As a parent your world falls apart. How did this happen? What did I do wrong? What can I do now? Who do I go to for help? Will my child need a full time care taker? I will not put my child in a home! Will he/she be able to attend school? What kind of school? Will he/she be able to live an independent life? How will my child survive after I die?

Some disabilities are obvious. People can see a child in a wheel chair, spinal bifida or cerebral palsy and maybe even understand what a family is going through. But what able the invisible disabilities.

Neurodevelopment disorders like autism or ADHC. The outward signs are not obvious. We have all seen people react as if a child with these disorders is simply unruly, or the parents cannot control their child. These reactions add to the already overwhelming stress for these families.

The latest estimate of autism is affects—the updated incident report for ASD is 1:59 children in the US—is over 30% percent from the 1 in 88 rate reported in 2008, and more than double the 1 in 150 rate in 2000.

According to the parent reports, 6.4 million children (11% of this age group 4–17 years) have been diagnosed with ADHD, and rates are increasing an average of approximately 5% per year since 2003.

The numbers are staggering, but there is hope coming out of the research, testing and development at University of California Davis’ MIND Institute.

The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, and treatment of the challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

In 1998, families of children with autism helped found the UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders). They envisioned experts from every discipline related to brain development working together toward one goal: finding and developing treatments to reduce the challenges and improve the quality of life for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.

On Tuesday September 3rd, I will interview three of the best minds in neurological disorder research. Join me September 3rd at 8:00 a.m. PST on https://voiceamerica.com/show/3902/life-altering-events

Dr. Leonard Abbeduto,the Director, UC Davis MIND Institute and Tsakopoulos-Vismara Endowed Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine.

Dr. Julie Schweitzer Director, Attention, Impulsivity, Regulation (AIR)/ADHD Program UC Davis MIND Institute; CoCenter Mentoring Director of the MIND Institute;

Dr. Judy Van de Water,  Dr. Van de Water’s laboratory pursues research programs pertaining to autoimmune and clinical immune-based disorders including the biological aspects of autism spectrum disorders. This includes understanding the role of the maternal immune system during pregnancy in  healthy and altered neurodevelopment.

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The Gift of Resilience by Cynthia Brian

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The Gift of Resilience by Cynthia Brian

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Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens.
Resilience is the key to a healthy life.

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Hosts Asya Gonzalez and Zahra Hasanian talk with Health App reporter, Alex Pawlakos who provides studies and tips on how to be more resilient. From a health standpoint, the better you handle the pressures and stresses of life, the better off you will be physically, mentally, and emotionally. To be resilient means to bounce back quickly. Our hosts interview Mary O’Connor, an actor who lost her ability to walk after a devastating injury in 2014. With her optimistic and determined struggle to regain her ability to walk, she is on a mission to encourage the entertainment industry to cast disabled actors in projects. Mary recently studied with James Franco and was part of an independent film she and her classmates created with Mr. Franco. Asya and Zahra read a humorous story from Cynthia Brian’s book, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS that illustrates the importance of recovering from mishaps and turning negatives into positives to move forward.
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After graduating from high school, Mary O’Connor moved from Massachusetts to Santa Barbara, California. She answered an ad for an open movie audition and snagged her first acting job in the feature film “The Bet.”. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in films. In 2014, she suffered a rare spinal cord stroke while surfing resulting in being paralyzed from the waist down. She has not let this derail her from her dream of being a working actress and continues to make incredible progress in her recovery. 
She talks about her story to inspire others and to bring awareness to the disappointing lack of representation of disabled individuals in the film and television industries. 
Mary now walks with a cane and is studying acting with James Franco at his Studio 4 School in Los Angeles.

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The Bender Virtual Career Fair: Employment for People with Disabilities on Tuesday, 11/10/2015

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The Bender Virtual Career Fair: Employment for People with Disabilities on  Tuesday, 11/10/2015  provides an opportunity for employers and job seekers with disabilities to connect online and network from the convenience of their home computers and offices.  The Virtual Career Fair is free for job seekers with disabilities and is open to students and alumni from 2 and 4 year colleges and universities across the United States.  Register and upload a resume today at www.careereco.com/events/disability.  Additionally, Employers seeking to recruit from a talent pool of individuals with disabilities as a part of their diversity and Section 503 compliance outreach initiatives can learn more about the event and also  register at  www.careereco.com/events/disability.

The Bender Virtual Career Fair Tuesday, 4/14/2015

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The Bender Virtual Career Fair: Employment for People with Disabilities on  Tuesday, 4/14/2015  provides an opportunity for employers and job seekers with disabilities to connect online and network from the convenience of their home computers and offices.  The Virtual Career Fair is free for job seekers with disabilities and is open to students and alumni from 2 and 4 year colleges and universities across the United States.  Register and upload a resume today .   Additionally, Employers seeking to recruit from a talent pool of individuals with disabilities as a part of their diversity and Section 503 compliance outreach initiatives can learn more about the event and also register.

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