Angelman’s Syndrome is a severe neurogenetic disorder that shares symptoms and characteristics similar to autism, cerebral palsy, and Prader-Willi syndrome. According to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, misdiagnosis is often a prevalent problem. As a result, individuals may lose out on early intervention programs, resources, or life saving treatments.
The Angelman Syndrome Foundation is dedicated to the research and education of the community about this disorder. Their goal is to provide support and resources to family members, care providers, and individuals who are affected by Angelman Syndrome. They also have provided grants to researchers who investigate promising avenues of discovery since 1996. Many health professionals believe that since Angelman’s Syndrome has such similar characteristics to autism, cerebral palsy, and Prader-Willi syndrome, that finding a cure for Angelman’s would inevitably help find cures for the disorders that it is similar to. The Angelman Syndrome Foundation also provides opportunities to volunteer and fundraise.
Early intervention and resources are critical for a child with special needs just like an individual with Angelman’s syndrome. Families are not alone in the process to ensure that their child or family member is able to live life with their disability or special need. Places like the Angelman Syndrome Foundation provide resources and educational materials so that people are more informed on how to take care of someone who has Angelman’s Syndrome. To learn more about this disorder or about how to get involved, please visit: http://www.angelman.org/