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PRISMS (Parents and Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome)

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Health & Medicine
  • People with Disabilities

Location

21800 Town Center PlazaSuite #266A-633Sterling, VA 20164 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

PRISMS is dedicated to providing information and support to families of persons with Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS) and fostering partnerships with professionals to increase awareness and understanding of SMS.

Description

Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS) is associated with a small, missing section (called a deletion) of chromosome 17. SMS is characterized by a specific pattern of physical, developmental and behavioral problems, including sleep disturbance, self-injurious behavior and mental retardation. Although the exact incidence is not known, it is estimated that SMS occurs in 1 out of 25,000 births. SMS is extremely under-diagnosed, but as awareness of it increases, the number of people identified grows every year.

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