Paul is one of our Faces of Fragile X. His story is all too common for those with Fragile X - his mom tells us of their initial visit with a psychiatrist when Paul was 3, "After only twenty minutes with the doctor, he told us that Paul would never be able to do much, and that we should think about putting him in a facility or home. He could not have been more WRONG!!!!"
For the third year in a row, we are partnering with Rare Disease Legislative Advocates, a project of the EveryLife Foundation, to schedule Fragile X advocacy meetings with members of Congress and their staff during the August recess. Here is what you need to know.
We had an amazing first annual X Strides Chicago on July 14, 2019. Everyone that volunteered, ran, walked, organized a team, and donated made it a success. We were a force to be noticed that morning - raising awareness as people asked, What is Fragile X? View photos here.
Varun is a shy, confident witty teen whose smile just melts everyone’s heart. He is fond of baking, dancing, art, and wants everyone to be always happy. Read more about Varun, Fragile X, and advice for newly diagnosed families from his parents.
Research Summary // Intellectual disability and co-occurring mental health conditions can be interpreted as autistic features, making it difficult to diagnose in FXS.
Findings on the preventive care and health behaviors of children and young adults with Fragile X syndrome. It is based on findings from a survey of FORWARD data.
Meet Colin. He has Fragile X syndrome. He knows everyone and has earned the nickname 'The Mayor.' His mom wants newly diagnosed parents to know, don’t ever give up. It’s ok and it’s not your fault. Advocate, educate and persevere.
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY-16, serves as the co-chair of the Fragile X Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. His co-chair is Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ-4. To help raise awareness of Fragile X for National Fragile X Awareness Day, Rep. Engel had a statement. Read the full statement here.
July 22 is National Fragile X Awareness Day. Wear green, pack your lunch, and donate your lunch money to the National Fragile X Foundation. And urge your coworkers do to the same!