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#71 - Right to Equal Medical Treatment for People with DS (with Heather Sachs, JD)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Release Date: 04/21/2020

#85 - Does having Ds lead to higher risk in COVID? (COVID and DS#6, with Dr. Andrew Nowalk) show art #85 - Does having Ds lead to higher risk in COVID? (COVID and DS#6, with Dr. Andrew Nowalk)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Nowalk joined the podcast to give us an update on Down syndrome and COVID.  We discuss 2 recently published articles that have gotten a lot of press recently.    

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#84 - Toilet Training in Down Syndrome (with Dr. Lina Patel, PsyD) show art #84 - Toilet Training in Down Syndrome (with Dr. Lina Patel, PsyD)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Lina Patel, psychologist from the Sie Center at Children's Colorado, joined Dr. Vellody on the podcast to talk about toilet training.  Dr. Patel is the co-author of the recent book Potty Time for Kids with Down Syndrome: Lose the Diapers, Not Your Patience.  

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#83 - A Friend Like Anian (with Meeka Caldwell) show art #83 - A Friend Like Anian (with Meeka Caldwell)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

In a continuation of our discussions on Race and Down Syndrome, author Meeka Caldwell joined the podcast today to talk about her experiences as a mother and her children's book "A Friend Like Anian."  Amazon Link  If you would like an autographed copy of the book from Anian, e-mail your request to

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#82 - COVID and DS #6, Return to School, Part 2 (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk) show art #82 - COVID and DS #6, Return to School, Part 2 (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Friend of the podcast, Dr. Andrew Nowalk, MD, PhD, joined us again for an update on optimizing safety in school re-opening.  

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#81 - Updates from the DS Center, Down Syndrome Association (with Erin Kelly and Meredith Peterson) show art #81 - Updates from the DS Center, Down Syndrome Association (with Erin Kelly and Meredith Peterson)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Erin Kelly (Down Syndrome Center of Western PA Program Coordinator) and Meredith Peterson (Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh) joined Dr. Vellody on today's podcast to discuss exciting changes at both organizations. Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk Pittsburgh 2020 Down Syndrome Center of Western PA  

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#80 - Autism and Down Syndrome (with Dr. Nicole Baumer) show art #80 - Autism and Down Syndrome (with Dr. Nicole Baumer)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Baumer re-joined the podcast to share her pediatric neurodevelopmental expertise in the dual diagnosis of autism and Down syndrome.

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#79 - ADHD and Down Syndrome (with Dr. Nicole Baumer) show art #79 - ADHD and Down Syndrome (with Dr. Nicole Baumer)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Vellody was joined on the podcast by Dr. Nicole Baumer who is a pediatric neurodevelopment specialist with expertise in ADHD in Down syndrome.

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#78 - Race and Healthcare in People with Down Syndrome #2 (with Kimberly Ewing and Roxanne Hoke-Chandler) show art #78 - Race and Healthcare in People with Down Syndrome #2 (with Kimberly Ewing and Roxanne Hoke-Chandler)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Continuing in our topic of race and healthcare, Dr. Vellody was joined by Kimberly Ewing and Roxanne Hoke-Chandler.   NDSC Town Hall Meetings on Race Relations Facebook Group: African American/Black people who have Children with Down syndrome

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#77 - COVID and DS #5 - Thoughts on School Reopening (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk) show art #77 - COVID and DS #5 - Thoughts on School Reopening (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk)

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Dr. Nowalk joined the podcast again to discuss preliminary thoughts on school reopening this fall.  

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#76 - International Adoption and Down Syndrome show art #76 - International Adoption and Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania Podcast

Michelle Zoromski, Executive Director, Grants & Operations of Reece's Rainbow, joined Dr. Vellody on this podcast to discuss international adoption in Down syndrome.  Reece's Rainbow

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Dr. Vellody was joined on the podcast today by Heather Sachs, JD, the Policy and Advocacy Director of the National Down Syndrome Congress.  They discussed the rights of people with Down syndrome when it comes to obtaining equal medical treatment, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NDSC Policy and Advocacy 
https://www.ndsccenter.org/political-advocacy/

National Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition
https://www.ndsccenter.org/political-advocacy/national-down-syndrome-advocacy-coalition/

National Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition Webinar on COVID
https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/27821348694419971

NDSC COVID-19 Resources
https://www.ndsccenter.org/programs-resources/covid-19-resources/