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Disability Awareness Month July 2012

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Disability Awareness in July:


"Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision." "

~Stevie Wonder

Useful Links

  • AgrAbility Fact Sheets - The fact sheets are designed to provide useful information and resources to any farmer or agricultural worker who has a disability, injury or illness.
  • Deaf Linx - Fighting Audism Through Empowerment
  • Deaf Websites - Online Deaf Web Directory
  • DiversityInc - Those who have a .gov email address can sign up for free magazine subscription.
  • Expanding Your Market - Planning/conducting meetings and events that are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Helpful Healthy Chart (PDF; 38 KB)
  • How to Make Your Computer Workstation More User-Friendly
  • Know Your Employment Rights as a Disabled American
  • US Department of Labor

  • Cleft & Craniofacial

    Leigha's Story (from

    What is a craniofacial disorder?
    A craniofacial disorder refers to an abnormality of the face and/or the head. Craniofacial differences can result from abnormal growth patterns of the face or skull, which involves soft tissue and bones. A craniofacial condition may include disfigurement brought about by birth defect, disease or trauma.

    CCA Network: Winter 2012 Newsletter (PDF; 4.7 MB): Message from the executive director, friends of Jeremy, Texas mom's 5k for cca, Lily's dinner, Stand up to bullying, Chocolate festival, Ryan's road, Holiday parties.

    More info: Children Craniofacial Association

    More info: July is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month.

    Group B Strep

    GBS Disease: Awareness & Prevention

    Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

    GBS can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, born prematurely, become very sick, have lifelong handicaps, or die.

    Fortunately there are ways to help protect babies from Group B Strep. This website contains resources for you to learn more about GBS and help prevent its devastating effects.

    More info: Group B Strep International






    Hemochromatosis is a disorder that interferes with the body's ability to break down iron, and results in too much iron being absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.

    Hemochromatosis is usually hereditary. It takes two defective genes, one from each parent, to cause hemochromatosis. Siblings of those affected have a 25% chance of getting it. Both parents must be carriers of the defective gene, which means that a child of a person with hemochromatosis is less likely to have it than the person's siblings are.

    ...more than one million Americans have the genes...

    Get Tested
    Don't let disease sneak up on you. Get tested before serum ferritin reaches the danger zone! More info: Iron Disorders Institute, Facts on Hemochromatosis

    Phelan-McDermid Syndrome

    Kids with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome.

    Phelan-McDermid Syndrome is a rare genetic anomaly caused by the absence of genes at the tip of the long-arm of the 22nd chromosome.

    Most exhibit moderate to severe physical and intellectual developmental delays and lack the ability to communicate easily. Many have delayed speech, problems with eating, sleeping and emotional stability.

    Most, but not all, children with this syndrome will have a number of characteristic features:
    • Newborns usually have floppy muscle tone (hypotonia)
    • Newborns/Infants have a difficult time drinking from the bottle/breast - fluids tend to leak out of their mouths making for a messy and wet meal
    • Delayed in sitting up, rolling over, crawling and walking
    • Delayed or absent speech
    • Normal growth or may be tall for age
    • Facial features are fairly subtle and may not be recognized by your doctor: long head shape (dolicocephaly), puffiness around the eyes, long eyelashes, droopy eyelids, puffy cheeks and large ears.
    • Physical features: large, fleshy hands, underdeveloped toenails that may peel off effortlessly and the inability to perspire, causing overheating readily.
    More info: Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation

    Target Center logo

    The USDA TARGET Center's mission is to– Ensure that all USDA employees have safe and equal access to electronic and information technology by assessing, educating, and advocating for the integration of assistive technology and worksite accommodations.

    The Disability Emphasis Program goals are to:
  • Promote understanding and appreciation of individuals with disabilities.
  • Promote understanding of the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations and accessibilities.
  • Encourage managers to provide career enhancement and promotions for people with disabilities.
  • For More Information Contact:
    PIA Disability Program Manager
    Karl Mikasa
    USDA Natural Reources Conservation Service (NRCS)
    Pacific Islands Area State Office
    P.O. Box 50004
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96850-0050
    Voice/VP: 808-447-3121
    TTY: 808-541-2619

    USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider..