Rigid spine syndrome
Synonyms: Rigid spine congenital muscular dystrophy
Rigid spine syndrome (RSS) is a slowly progressive childhood-onset congenital muscular dystrophy (see this term) characterized by contractures of the spinal extensor muscles associated with abnormal posture (limitation of neck and trunk flexure) progressive scoliosis of the spine early marked cervico-axial muscle weakness with relatively preserved strength and function of the extremities and progressive respiratory insufficiency.
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Girls Chronically Rock
Creating Adaptive clothing for people with disabilities to feel confident within our own skin.
Help Hope Live
Help Hope Live supports community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical expenses and related costs due to organ transplants or catastrophic injuries or illnesses. For 38 years, Help Hope Live has been showing clients and families how to bring together a network of relatives, friends, and neighbors in fundraising efforts to help cover the cost of uncovered medical expenses. These efforts play a critical role in helping our clients recover and maintain their health and independence. Since 1983, we have helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars for Help Hope Live to pay a wide range of expenses, including out-of-pocket costs for: medications, durable medical equipment, home health care, wheelchair-accessibility modifications, physical therapy, innovative treatments, medical travel and temporary relocation, even emergency living assistance. Our program has also helped thousands pay it forward and assist others with their medical expenses. Annually, we help place medical care within reach of about 5,000 families across the nation.
Neuromuscular Disease Foundation
The Neuromuscular Disease Foundation's (NDF) mission is to enhance the quality of the lives of people living with GNE Myopathy (also known as HIBM) through advocacy, education, outreach, and funding clinical research focused on treatments and a cure.
Association Aux Pas du Coeur
Our organization wants to raise awareness and recognize rare diseases in Côte d'Ivoire. Our mission is to: Raising awareness and campaigning to help with the diagnosis and free therapeutic care of patients. Request and/or contribute to actions relating to the training of the medical profession so that doctors are able to make a final diagnosis and ensure the continuous follow-up of patients. Create a patient registry to establish very precise statistics of rare diseases in Côte d'Ivoire. Create a close-knit patient community. Break the isolation and despair of sick people and their families. Open up to the world and actively contribute to international research aimed at treatments.
Moonshots for Unicorns
Curing single-gene disorders
COMBINEDBrain is a consortium for outcome measures and biomarkers for neurodevelopmental disorders. We are collaborating to cure rare, non-verbal brain disorders.
Center for Chronic Illness
The Center for Chronic Illness (CCI) promotes well-being and decreases isolation for those impacted by ongoing health challenges through support and education.
TO INCLUDE, INFORM AND INSPIRE people around the globe through the joy of skating, reflecting the compassion, respect and innovation that make ours the world’s premier inclusive organisation. Inclusive Skating is dedicated to the advancement of public participation in sport and the promotion of equality and diversity. Our primary objective is the development and implementation of programming which fosters the inclusion of skaters with any form of impairment or disability. Our ethos of inclusion extends to skaters of all ages and backgrounds; we welcome all with open arms. Values of empathy, integrity and empowerment are central to the pursuit of these goals. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the community, camaraderie, self-fulfilment, achievement, challenge, and thrill that participation in skating sports offers. We work to create these opportunities by offering activities, educational resources, events, training, and championships for our community.
Rare Disease Ghana Initiative
To improve the wellbeing and quality of life of persons living with undiagnosed and rare diseases in Ghana
Connecting young adults impacted by a rare or chronic condition with social and emotional support in the hope of improving their quality of life.
Jamal’s Helping Hands
Jamal's Helping Hands provides services for patients affected by rare disease and their families. With a vision to become a premier resource and national leader in education, outreach, advocacy, and support to individuals affected by rare disease. JHH enhances the quality of its clients lives by providing an array of services to make the experience of rare disease easier.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), founded in 1996, is the nation’s leading direct patient services organization whose mission is to safeguard patients with chronic, life-threatening, and debilitating diseases through effective mediation of issues related to access to care and preservation of financial stability. Patients must be seeking help with any of the following needs related to their diagnosis: • Accessing prescribed healthcare, including understanding their healthcare benefits • Issues related to their health insurance benefits, including denials of care, out-of-pocket costs, network issues, and insurance options • Financial concerns, including cost-of-living expenses and medical expenses • Practical needs, including transportation and nutritional needs • Assistance with filing an application for disability Since its inception, PAF has provided direct, sustained patient assistance to more than 1.7 million patients and touched many more through its website and outreach events. Amongst the more common issues that patients and caregivers call PAF for help with include the inability to afford transportation expenses, inability to afford rent/mortgage, inability to afford their co-pay for medications, and inability to afford utilities and resulting shut-off notices. PAF serves patients with numerous health conditions, the majority of which have some form of cancer. Non-cancer diagnoses included rare diseases, chronic and debilitating conditions, nervous system conditions, cardiovascular conditions and vascular disease, autoimmune diseases, and diabetes. PAF solicits and receives donations to its programs from a multitude of sources including government agencies, non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations in the healthcare sector, including pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers. Patient Advocate Foundation also has several distinct programs targeting specific populations with an emphasis on the underserved.
Botswana Organisation for rare Diseases
advocate for Rare disease patients and their families
Life Branches NFP Inc
Provide emotional wellness mental health to rare disease patients
Rare Disorders Kenya
Provide a strong common voice to advocate for a rare disease health policy and a better healthcare system that works for those with rare diseases
Youth and Women for Opportunities Uganda-YWOU
Youth and Women for Opportunities-YWOU an organization that we represent is patient organization re-presentative, patient and institution and individual capacity builder supporting PLWRD’s to obtain diagnosis, treatment and drugs for those suffering consequences of being undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and lack treatment and those who lack precise diagnosis for rare, orphan and undiagnosed diseases preventing PLWRD’s accessing the most adapted care, treatment or surgery, have delayed access to the most appropriate care, treatment or surgery
Indo US Organization for Rare Diseases (IndoUSrare)
With an initial focus on the Indian diaspora, our mission is to build cross-border collaborations to connect stakeholders of rare diseases in low- and middle-income regions—such as India—with their counterparts & clinical researchers in the US. This allows to improve the diversity of clinical trial participants, accelerates RnD, & improves equitable access to life-saving therapies.
Rare Disease Male Mental Health Support Group
To The purpose of the group is to help break the stigma around male mental health and to encourage to take care of their emotional well being . It provides rare disease patients, caregivers with a safe space to talk about their experiences, get support and listen to other peoples stories . Having a rare disease comes with many added layers which can impact your life such as physical, medical, emotional, relationships and bereavement so it is important to talk about your emotional and mental well-being. Through awareness and education men have come together in this format and despite different rare conditions have found there is more on common with other men through connecting and supporting each other in this way .
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