Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Educating parents about Down Syndrome!

meant to post this article about education soon to be parents about Down Syndrome, but with all the excitement of the Special Olympic State Games, I did not get a chance to comment on this.  Hopefully, the information given to parent will be true and accurate.  The information should have support groups and resources available before and after birth of their child.

Way to go Massachusetts!

Mass. Gov. signs bill on Down syndrome information

AP  / June 22, 2012

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill into law that requires care providers to offer up-to-date educational information to parents whose children are diagnosed with Down syndrome.
The Democratic governor signed the bill Friday in a small ceremony with families, advocates and state lawmakers.
Under the legislation, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health must make the most recent, evidence-based written information on Down syndrome available to individuals and facilities that provide prenatal and postnatal care or genetic counseling. The information must include details such as life expectancy, intellectual and functional development and treatment options.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, who attended the signing, said the new law will help ensure that important resources are available to parents.end of story marker

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