We’re always looking for new ways to share and raise awareness about Fragile X, life with Fragile X, and the individuals and families it affects. Here we talk with Laura Dooling and her life with three cousins with Fragile X syndrome.
NFXF Advocates have had a very successful year! Our advocacy efforts focus on ensuring substantial federal investments in Fragile X research, policies that create opportunities for those living with Fragile X to have the best possible life, and an awareness in Congress of Fragile X. Here are some highlights of our efforts this year.
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.
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.
On April 9, 2019, the National Fragile X Foundation provided testimony to support Fragile X research funding at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. Below is Linda Sorensen's written testimony.
Advocating for Fragile X families when members of Congress and their staff are in their home districts is key for three reasons: 1) You don't have to travel; 2) You generally have more time with them; 3) You underscore this is important to their constituents
We work closely with several groups to help on common public policy and funding goals. These partnerships are key to our impact and an important leg in our advocacy stool. Like we say, Together, We're Stronger. One of these key partnerships is the Friends of the NICHD. The NICHD is the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. It is one of the institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and funds most of the Fragile X research at NIH. The Friends work together to support, overall, the funding level for NICHD, which flows down to each of the research areas, including Fragile X.
Even if you have never been to a Special Olympics event, you know the positive impact it has on the lives of the athletes and their loved ones. It is indescribable and hard to put into words that do it justice. You just know. It is because of this positive impact on not only those who have participated, but those who will, that we work to support and grow the Special Olympics.
As I watched the new U.S. House of Representatives be sworn in today and elect Rep. Nancy Pelosi as its new Speaker, I was reminded, again, that we are fortunate to live in a country where we can change control in Washington in the voting booth, not with tanks in the street. And when change happens, it is peaceful outside the Capital and collegial inside.
If you have ever spent more than 5 minutes with Dillon Kelley, you know two things—you know about Fragile X and you know that, one day, Dillon Kelley will be a member of Congress.