What is Angelman syndrome?

Angelman syndrome (AS) is a rare neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births. Angelman syndrome is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism due to lack of awareness. Characteristics of the disorder include developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and walking and balance disorders. Individuals with Angelman syndrome will require life-long care.

For more information about signs, symptoms and characteristics of Angelman syndrome, watch the story of Ever and her journey to diagnosis.

Because of its genetic relationship to autism and other disorders, many researchers believe that curing Angelman syndrome will lead to cures for similar disorders. Angelman syndrome research is on the cusp of potential treatments to reverse the debilitating symptoms of Angelman syndrome.

See Medical Information for clinical information about Angelman syndrome.
See Resources & Education for information on understanding and supporting your loved one with AS.

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