Man with Asperger Syndrome Wins Local Election

Posted by BAYADA Home Health Care

12/27/16 3:08 PM

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When BAYADA Habilitation Director Shaun Sullivan learned that client Kirk Herbertson, who has Asperger syndrome, had announced his candidacy for a seat on the Board of Education of Lincoln County, NC, he was pleased and supportive, but certainly not surprised. After all, Kirk, 49, has never let his diagnosis hold him back. In fact, he draws strength from it.

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Topics: Habilitation

Jessie’s Story: A View into the Life of a BAYADA Habilitation Client

Posted by BAYADA Home Health Care

2/12/15 8:49 AM

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Meet Jessie J., a lively 22-year-old BAYADA client with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as GM1-gangliosidosis, an inherited disorder that progressively destroys nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord. Although she can’t speak and uses a wheelchair for mobility, Jessie has a fulfilling life, thanks to her positive outlook and her amazing mom, Merlie, who helps her every step of the way.

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Topics: Habilitation

Amy’s Story: Living Independently with a Little Help

Posted by BAYADA Home Health Care

2/10/15 11:40 AM

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BAYADA client Amy N., has little memory of what happened on October 18, 1988, but that day changed her life forever. At 14 years old, she was riding her bicycle to her boyfriend’s house and less than a mile from her destination, she was struck by a car. The accident left her with a C3-C4 spinal cord injury, resulting in quadriplegia and traumatic brain injury.

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Topics: Habilitation

Habilitation: Clearly Defined

Posted by BAYADA Home Health Care

12/23/13 1:51 PM

Habilitation services clearly defined

Most of us are familiar with the term rehabilitation, which is the process of reteaching someone a skill they’ve already fully developed, such as walking again after an accident.

Habilitation, though similar in scope, is a different type of service. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) habilitation refers to services that assist those who may not have developed certain skills, such as a child who is not talking as expected for his or her age or an adult with intellectual disabilities or disorders. 

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Topics: Habilitation

Eight Facts About Down Syndrome Awareness

Posted by BAYADA Home Health Care

12/11/13 4:25 PM

Eight facts about down syndrome

According to the National Down Syndrome Association, In every cell of our bodies there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored. These genes carry codes responsible for all of our inherited traits, they are grouped among our chromosomes. Typically the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half from your mother and half from your father. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. 

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Topics: Pediatrics, Assistive Care, Adult Nursing, Habilitation