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Man becomes 1st with Down syndrome to finish NYC marathon

The Special Olympics are world-famous, so readers in Columbia surely are aware of the organization, which sponsors competitions for athletes with intellectual disabilities compete in a range of sporting events. While the Special Olympics has made a positive impact on so many people’s lives, a man with Down syndrome recently showed that he could compete in strenuous mainstream athletics as well.

Sec. Sebelius announces new rules for mental health parity

In 2008, Congress passed a law called the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The law was intended to help remove the stigma of mental illness within the medical industry. It required medical professionals and insurance companies not to provide lesser care for mental illnesses compared with physical conditions.

Eye contact issues could be early sign of autism in infants

An interesting new study into early signs of autism suggests that diagnosing the condition in young children could begin with the eyes. The study says that difficulty establishing or maintaining eye contact with others may be a sign that a child is on the autism spectrum. Meanwhile, children whose eye contact was consistent as they grew into toddler age were less likely to be diagnosed with this form of disability.

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