Source: He's My Son...CMV Awareness by Mark Schultz
CMV, cytomegalovirus, is the leading cause of childhood disability in America. More children are disabled from CMV each year than from Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. CMV is passed from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby while still developing in the womb. The most common way a pregnant woman contracts CMV is from young children aged 6 or under, as it is a common childhood illness. Learn how to protect your unborn baby from this devastating birth defect virus at: www.cmvfoundation.org
Aphasia results from trauma to the parts of the brain that control language. Aphasia affects the person's ability to read, write, express and understand language. There are three types of aphasia, Broca's, Wernicke's, and Global.
Treatments vary from speech-language therapy to new and promising medications. It is important when talking to someone with aphasia to simply your words while maintaining a natural conversation. Remember to always be patient, encouraging and supportive.
May 2008 Sources: Health Day and National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders
Only 14% had heard of CMV but it impacts more children than more well known infections and syndromes!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CMV is the most common congenital (present at birth) viral infection in the United States. Each year, 30,000 children are born with congenital CMV causing 400 deaths and leaving 8,000 children with permanent disabilities.
CMV prevention and treatment during pregnancy can prevent birth defects and developmental disabilities.
As the result of a Presidential Proclamation in 1984, the week of June 27th (Helen Keller's birthday) has been designated Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.
The week promotes an awareness and sensitivity to the needs of Americans who are deaf-blind, or vision and hearing impaired. For more information on Helen Keller Services for the Blind, visit www.helenkeller.org.
Every year, HKNC celebrates this anniversary with a national campaign highlighting a particular aspect of deaf-blindness.
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