March is Developmental Disabilities Month, and prenatal detection of these conditions is rapidly advancing due to innovations in ultrasound technology. There are many kinds of developmental disabilities, and they are caused in a variety of ways, but early detection and intervention is the best way of providing lifelong health, happiness, and productivity to a child with a disability condition.
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Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham was born with Spina Bifida, but that certainly didn’t slow him down. Wheelz has done more adrenaline-junky maneuvers before age 20 than most of us will in a lifetime. The 19-year-old daredevil says his motto is, “If God gives you a wheelchair, go find a skatepark.”
At Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, during a fetal surgery in 1999, Dr. Joseph Bruner was correcting spina bifida on a baby still in his mother’s womb and photojournalist Michael Clancy captured an image that changed his life – The Hand of Hope. According to Clancy, the 21-week unborn fetus reached out from his mother’s womb and grabbed the surgeon’s finger. The very inspiring photo has been championed by pro-life groups.