Angelman Syndrome is the result of an abnormality of the 15th chromosome. Individuals with Angelman have global developmental delay and cognitive disabilities. They are usually behaviorally unique with generally happy personalities. Most individuals with Angelman will experience seizures; most achieve control of these seizures with medication. “Angels” rarely develop any speech so the people around them must learn to listen in new ways to what these individuals have to say. Most individuals with Angelman will learn to walk but usually have balance and movement disorders. Individuals with Angelman Syndrome can expect a normal lifespan. With strong supports, individuals with Angelman can live surrounded by friends and loved ones, engaged in meaningful activities, and sharing their unique perspective on life with all those around them.
Click on the Angelman Syndrome Listserve link above for instructions on how to join the e-mail listeserver for families or caregivers of children with Angleman Syndrome. This list has been a tremendous blessing to me! The other families on the list are living in your shoes, they know what you go through on a daily basis, they share your hopes and your fears, and they have lots of wisdom from experience! If you are a newly diagnosed family or a family that has not known of the listserve until now, PLEASE join and introduce yourself, I feel certain that you will be welcomed with open arms!
To visit websites/blogs by our Angel friends click to your right under blogroll. They are such fun to read!
The Angelman Syndrome Forum is also a wealth of information. It’s another place for parents or caregivers of children with AS to go for help and support. What is cool about this forum is that, unlike the listserve, all topics are archived and searchable so someone with a new diagnosis has a lot of information readily available to them! This forum was started by a dad, John Hannaford, in memory of his own sweet girl Alyssa, who had Angelman Syndrome and died at the early age of fourteen. Be sure and read Who is Alyssa Hannaford?. It is a beautiful tribute to Alyssa!
Another cool site with Angelman information: Michigan Chapter of Angelman Syndrome
Family walks to boost awareness of Angelman syndrome
Couple to hold yard sale in support of their daughter
A “Long Shot” Pays Off
Angelman Syndrome Walkathon
People and Places | On a horse, they’re easy riders
A Wiki for Angelman Syndrome
Lil’ Angel Gifts raises awareness on both coasts
Bone Mineral Density in Angelman Syndrome
OUR HAPPY LITTLE ANGEL (about Colin Ferrell’s son James)
Introduction to Microboards
Katy Is Going to Camp With the Ravens as Their Little Cheerleader
My quest for truth about son’s condition
Imprinting and assisted reproductive technology (pdf file)
Study Finds Laughter Is Truly Contagious
Families Raise Awareness About Angelman Syndrome
Friends, family rally for ‘smiling’ boy
Augmentative Communication News: Angelman Syndrome