The VCFS and 22q11 Foundation supports families and persons affected by VCFS or Deletion 22q11.

THe VCFS 22q11 Foundation

Velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS) is a genetic syndrome. It is the result of a submicroscopic deletion on the long arm of Chromosome 22 in the “q11” region- deletion 22q11. VCFS affects approx. 1 in 2000 - 3000 persons making it the second most prevalent genetic syndrome after Down syndrome VCFS is the most common genetic syndrome associated with cleft palates VCFS is the second most common genetic syndrome associated with congenital heart defects 99% of the VCFS population will have a learning difficulty or disability 30% of the VCFS population will develop a mental illness VCFS has more than 180 annomolies associated with it The name velo cardio facial syndrome comes from the Latin words "velum" meaning palate, "cardio" meaning heart and "facies" having to do with the face.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Apple Products spotlight disability

Apple Puts Spotlight On Disability Offerings In App Store

Apple is highlighting a growing number of apps catering to individuals with special needs with a featured special education section in its App Store.
The section titled “Special Education” launched late last week and includes 72 applications for the iPhone and 13 applications for the iPad in 10 categories ranging from communication to emotional development and life skills, according to Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman.
The special education category is currently showcased as one of four editorial features in the App Store.
Apps, which can be used on Apple’s iPhone, iPad or iPod devices, have become increasingly popular in the special needs community in recent years, serving as everything from assistive technology devices to organizational tools and teaching aids.

Oprah Show Meet Up

Oprah Show Sydney Meetup THANK YOU Maria Kamper for donating 100 Enviro bags for each guest!! Please visit her site & learn about this foundation: www.vcfsfa.org.au
The VCFS and 22q11 Foundation supports families and persons affected by VCFS or Deletion 22q11

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cracking the code

Cracking the code

Watch this video to understand how chromosomes and genetic conditions occur

Apple Products to help children with LDs

This article 
October 18, 2010 - By MATTHEW SCHOMER (Special to The Review)

LISBON - Teachers in village schools are turning to technology to increase comprehension of reading in special education students.
A group of teachers who recently attended training in the Unlocking Potential program made a presentation on their findings Monday before the Lisbon Board of Education.
Janet Lane, special education teacher at the junior high level and spokesman for the group of teachers, said a major goal of the program is to improve independent reading among students.
"Some of the kids just don't want to read," she said. "Motivation's a huge problem at the junior high and high school."
Teachers are using Apple iPod Touch and iPod Shuffle units in the classrooms, attaching multiple sets of headphones to each unit and using applications such as Dragonspeak, through which students speak into a microphone and the iPod automatically types out the spoken words.
Another application occupies students' ears as they listen to an audio recording of books while following along in the actual books with their eyes.
"It totally energized all of us," Lane described the program, noting the excitement of the new hardware and software has increased students' interest in reading.
Board member James Smith spoke in support of the program, commenting, "If this creates excitement and at the same time helps them learn, it's a wonderful thing."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

VCFS Christmas Cards

Nows the time to purchase your VCFS Christmas Cards. $10 for a 10 pack.

Go online to VCFS Christmas Cards

The New Blog

Hi everyone welcome to the VCFS 22q11 Foundation Blog spot I hope you enjoy our new blog. Lets talk about issues and VCFS.

Here is a fabulous article
 Teacher Tech Helps Students